Teenage rider rules the roost

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Bar­clay White Bar­clay.White@south bur­nett­times.com.au

TOUGH COM­PETI­TOR: Lu­cas McKen­zie, from Black­wa­ter, came first in the open bull ride at Mun­dub­bera. ITWAS first time lucky for Lu­cas McKen­zie, who won the open bull ride the first time he com­peted in the event.

The 18-year-old bull rider bested his older op­po­nents at the Mun­dub­bera Show and took home $1000 prize­money.

De­spite his young age, he was not new to bull rid­ing, hav­ing com­peted in ju­nior rodeos around Queens­land in his early teenage years.

Cat­tle and rid­ing come as sec­ond na­ture for the rider.

“I grew up on a cat­tle prop­erty,” Mr McKen­zie said.

“I’ve been around cat­tle my whole life.”

He said main­tain­ing a good tech­nique was es­sen­tial to get­ting a good score as well as adapt­ing to the way the bull be­haved.

But it isn’t al­ways a win­ning ride, with the bull rider al­ready hav­ing his fair share of bruises and in­juries from rides that didn’t go as planned.

“Worst one would be when I got con­cussed,” he said.

“I came off and hit my head hard once.”

He woke up a few min­utes later, but de­spite the ac­ci­dent he never lost his pas­sion for rid­ing.

“Not once, I never thought of quit­ting,” he said.

Lu­cas McKen­zie Not once, I never thought of quit­ting.

PHOTO: BAR­CLAY WHITE

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