Teenage rider rules the roost
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.