NICK Penrose and Bradie Gray are two young cowboys ready to ride.
Today their Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association Junior National Finals Rodeo starts in the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) in Tamworth.
They both lead their respective steer riding competitions as well.
Penrose is a 14-year-old Year 9 student at McCarthy Catholic High School.
He’s been rodeoing for two years and loves the competition.
He’s also covered plenty of kilometres the past 12 months, about 25,000 of them from Mareeba in North Queensland to Gundagai in southern NSW chasing rodeos and ABCRA points.
His best effort was at Cassilis, he said, where he received an 86-point ride.
Gray, 16, a Year 10 student at Tamworth High School is competing in the ABCRA’s junior bull ride, steer ride and breakaway roping but travelled even further afield chasing his rodeo dream.
Gray competed in the USA at the World Junior High School Championships in Gallup, New Mexico.
“I was World reserve champion,” he said with a satisfied grin.
That was in the bull ride, the event he loves.
No broken bones yet to dilute that love but he, like Penrose, is excited about the three days of Junior NFR in AELEC from today.