WARDELL lad Joshua Lock took on the big boys in the Open Bull Ride at the North Coast National, and after a manly effort on Saturday the slight 17-year-old took the honours in the second division.
It continues a winning streak for Joshua, who has been interested in the sport since he was five years old.
Asked what the key to bull-riding is, the modest youngster replied ‘staying on’.
But of course there’s more to it than that.
“There is a bit of technique involved. You need to stay forward to avoid the force of the bull’s kicking,” he said.
“And you try to keep your shoulders square with his shoulders.”
The win was all the more remarkable because Joshua has just recovered from a nasty leg injury.
“I spent eight weeks on crutches,” he said on Saturday. “I’ve been walking for two weeks and did some weights before today, but now I’m sore as.”
Also continuing a winning streak was Fallon Mulhall, who cleaned up in the breakaway roped steer event.
Fallon, 25, journeyed all the way from Rockhampton, Queensland.
“It’s a long trip, but if you love the sport you gotta do it,” she said.
The charismatic cowgirl is a sixth generation member of the Gill family, famous for the Gill Brothers Travelling Buckjump Show.
The rodeo competitors scored points towards entry in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association finals at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in January.
The kids at Macksville High School were also winners, taking home a heifer for their conduct, animal husbandry and presentation.