Dan Roberts cooks up a storm in the ring.
Dan Roberts cooks up a storm in the ring.

Bull fighting can be creative

AUSTRALIA’S first clown MasterChef waited for his hometown rodeo to make the transformation from bull fighter to chef on Saturday night at the Warwick Rodeo.

Dan Roberts went to school at St Mary’s and Warwick State High School and has been practising for months for a performance which went like clockwork.

He explained he had a cordless microwave and listed the ingredients for an omelette.

Harley Baker was his apprentice but they had forgotten the pan. Soon, they borrowed a hat from a man in the crowd but ended up with more fire and steam than seen on MasterChef.

But all worked to perfection for the clown who has been fighting bulls at the Warwick Rodeo for five years.

Now operating an excavating and bobcat business in Toowoomba, Roberts regards bull fighting as a hobby.

His wife Alaina does a lot of rodeo secretarial work which, as Roberts puts it, “doubles the pay packet” as they drive eight to 10 hours to a rodeo.

The money comes in handy as they have two-year-old twin girls Hannah and Madalyn.

He isn’t concerned about being injured.

“I am now at a level where I can do it safely, with confidence, and as professionally as possible,” Roberts said.

He is eyeing off a possible Bull Fighter of the Year award in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association this year.

At 15 years of age, Warwick State High School student Harley Baker is already mixing it with the best bulls in the nation. He attended a bull fighting school with Roberts and was hooked.

Baker has worked at 20 rodeos in the past 10 months and is not fazed by the wild bulls.

“My ultimate goal is to be a professional bull fighter in America. Dan carts me to rodeos and teaches me,” Baker said.

“Bull fighting is awesome.”

When he was little, he wanted to join the army but now his focus is bull fighting.

At 190cm, Baker reckons his long legs give him an advantage.


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