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."