Rider set to extend lead when bulls come to Bay
AUSTRALIA'S best professional bull rider is hoping to use this month's Hervey Bay event to extend his points lead in the series.
Hailing from Singleton in New South Wales, Cody Heffernan is currently the nation's best rider.
Coming off a third and fourth placing last weekend in Yass, Heffernan is hoping to extend his lead this week in the Julia Creek Dirt 'n' Dust PBR Bull Ride.
Heffernan said despite the third and fourth in Yass, he was not up to his best.
"I feel like I lost a little bit of focus and I'm starting to regain focus and confidence after Yass," he said.
The series will move to Julia Creek this weekend before hitting Hervey Bay on April 30.
Building himself for the event, Heffernan said he was looking forward to returning to the Fraser Coast after last year's inaugural event.
"It was a fun event last year," he said.
Between this weekend's event in Julia Creek and the Bay event in a fortnight, Heffernan will work on honing his skills.
"I'll go to the gym and I'll also jump on horses bareback which helps build leg strength and balance," he said.
"If I feel like I didn't ride real good I'll get on a practice bull - it depends on how I'm feeling.
"That decision weighs on if you got banged up the weekend prior and you're too sore to get on, I'm not going to.
"You've got to let your body heal a bit and be mentally ready."
Heffernan hopes to use the Bay event to increase his 2550 buffer over second-placed competitor Justin Paton.
"I'm leading the Australian standings and I'm way out in front and I want to get further out in front," Heffernan said.
How to get tickets
To purchase your tickets, visit ruralweekly.com.au/liveseries head to your nearest Chronicle office in Maryborough or Hervey Bay, visit Oceans Resort and Spa in Hervey Bay or at the gate on the night.