Cr Ross Bartley after his ride at Friday night’s Killarney Rodeo.
Cr Ross Bartley after his ride at Friday night’s Killarney Rodeo. John Towells

Bucking Bartley raises funds

IT WAS the fastest money ever made for Cr Ross Bartley when a few short seconds atop a two-year-old steer grossed $100.

But the harrowing ride and hard landing won't see his pockets filled, with the Killarney Rodeo stunt a fundraising effort.

"It was a ride for the Killarney Medical Centre and that's why I did it," he said.

Four of Cr Bartley's colleagues contributed cash to see him get in the ring.

"(The show committee) wouldn't auction me because they thought I wouldn't do it," he said.

But Cr Bartley proved them wrong, resulting in a fall with a thud and a roll in the mud.

"It knocked all of the air out of my lungs," he said.

"The mud was only a couple of inches thick, underneath the ground was as hard as cement."

He said despite only managing a few seconds holding on to the steer, he was pleased with how he went.

"I'd say I got the best buck," Cr Bartley said.

And he took it all in his stride.

"I went and had a warm shower, had a few pain killers and went back the next day and had a great time," Cr Bartley said.

"I appreciated all of the people who rode and gave money, it's a good cause and every bit counts."


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