BULL riding cost Brady Fielder vision in his left eye and punctured his lungs.
Crowds have roared as beasts bucked him off and stomped him.
But for the 17-year-old St Brendan’s cowboy, the adrenaline-inducing sport is both his past and his future.
At the young age of five Fielder first jumped on a steer, and the occasional sheep, led by his two brothers on their Aramac property, Oakatokes.
Twelve years on and he has fresh returned from his first shot at the World Youth Bull Riding Finals in Texas, USA, where he plans to compete again in next year’s event.
The young talent was bucked off in rounds two and three after a 74-point first attempt, but Fielder said he revelled in the chance to ride some of the world’s best bulls and learn what the competition “is all about”.
The Year 12 student is now gearing up to coach his peers and younger riders as he captains the home team in the St Brendan’s College Central Isuzu Rodeo on September 2, which is expected to lure about 3000 visitors through the gates.
“It feels pretty good to be the captain and show the young fellas what to do and how to ride,” he said.
“I hope to do really good in the rodeo, I hope St Brendan’s team comes out with the win… we have got some pretty good riders.”
The College’s strong rural and boarding history was the impetus for the event to begin 22 years ago, and students continue to hone their bull riding skills in Rodeo Club at the College which allows them to compete in the massive event.
Action starts at 10am with schoolboy events including SBC Rodeo, Inter-School Rodeo Challenge, Trans-Tasman Final and the famous Father or Mother and Son Steer Catch Event.
Organisers of the St Brendan’s Rodeo expect…
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