Lane heads off to the United States
MUNDUBBERA teenager Lane Mellers is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime.
The 17-year-old bull rider is heading to Texas in the United States of America next month to compete in the Youth Bull Riding world finals.
“It’s pretty good, not too many kids get to go over at my age,” Lane said.
“I’m looking forward to the chance to ride in a different country that is so known for bull riding and there is high chance of scholarships and what not.
“America is where you want to be with bull riding, so it’s a good starting point to go there.”
Lane grew up in Beaudesert, south west of Brisbane, and began bull riding seven years ago.
“I started when I was 10, just on the calves in my local rodeo when I lived in Beaudesert,” he said.
“From then on I went in every weekend until now.
“It’s been a dream from when I was 10 years old; as soon as I got on the first one I haven’t looked back.”
He said he looked forward to taking that dream to America.
“In 2013 I won the Australian steer riding high school champion and Central Queensland steer championship and a few other titles,” he said.
“I’ve won some major bull rides but nothing too special. “I won five buckles in 2013.” Lane is in Year 12, through the Burnett Extension Campus, and is doing an apprenticeship with Bluering Electrical.
“Once I finish I’d like to go to America and try and make a living out of riding bulls,” he said. “Live the dream I guess.” Lane will fly to the United States at the end of July and will ride on August 3, 5 and 6.
“I’ll go and see some sights,” he said.
“There are a couple of other fellas on the team so it’s going to be great fun.”
EXCITED: Lane Mellers will head to Texas next month to compete in a bull riding world championship.