Roy Dunn doesn’t get around his family’s Queensland farm so well all the time.
But the odd weekend, his debilitating back pain is forgotten.
Like the one just gone, when the Proserpine local was crowned open bull-riding champion of Australia’s biggest rodeo.
The nephew of Australian bull-riding pioneer Troy Dunn, Roy claimed the Mount Isa Rodeo’s main event on Sunday by riding Blossom, which had a 71 per cent buck-off rate this year leading in.
“He bucked me off before so I wanted to get him done,” Dunn told AAP.
“It’s probably one of the most incredible feelings, to conquer him.
“It was a good little bull.”
It’s Dunn’s second Mount Isa Rodeo title after winning in 2014.
Injuries have meant he could only previously compete in 2016 since.
The 29-year-old came into this year’s event after seven weeks of rest from a bulging disc in his back which gives him almost constant pain.
After taming Blossom, his celebrations in front of a packed arena were cut short when the sharp pain returned.
He limped through the rest of the victory fanfare.
“I get a lot of sciatic pain. I get a lot of pain up in my neck also. I’ve landed on my head a fair bit,” Dunn said.
“I work on a family property and they’re extremely supportive of what I do here. They make sure I’m pretty well healthy going into an event.
“I get a good talking to during the week if I’m limping around: ‘Come on, we’ll go and fix it for the weekend’. I’m grateful.”
Dunn, who took up a US college rodeo scholarship, has been to elite events across Australia and North America.
He rates competing against the best on the planet at last year’s Global Cup in Canada as one of his “most unbelievable experiences”.
It all left him in good stead on Sunday.
“It can be difficult sometimes if you’ve got a young brain and you think a little bit too much about what’s going on, instead of getting the job done,” he said.
“I think I’ve been in the game long enough to be able to absorb it all.”