He’s rough and tough
Townsville cowboy Braydon Wellby tops the leaderboard in standings
THIS fearless Townsville cowboy doesn’t care if he gets burnt, because it’s all part of his job as a bull rider in the toughest sport on dirt – PBR Australia.
There might be plenty of blood and sweat, but certainly no tears.
This sport ain’t for the faint-hearted and, at just 20 years young, Braydon Wellby is showing the big guns exactly how it’s done.
Following another successful weekend at the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust PBR on the weekend, Braydon has moved to number 1 in the PBR Australian standings.
He’s willing to do whatever it takes to see his name stay at the top.
“I’m looking forward to bucking it out at the Cairns event on July 8. It’ll be my first time riding there, and I’m keen to win,” he said.
“I only need a few more points and I’ll be in the lead.”
There’ll be 21 other equally determined riders on the night, most with a lot more experience beneath their buckles, but with his previous performances in the arena it’s fair to say Braydon will be giving them a run for their money. His father a champion saddle bronc and bareback rider, and his mum still competing in breakaway roping and barrel racing, you could certainly say Braydon was born into rodeo.
However he is determined to carve his own path and leave his own trail.
He is one of the lucky ones, in that he can say he has had no serious injury, but he is also aware that it can happen at any given moment.
“The calibre of the bulls in the PBR are second to none,” he said.
“You know they’re going to buck hard, and challenge you to your very core.
“I love that about each and every one of them.”
Behind the scenes, Braydon works at Julago Livestock, and when he is not at work he is climbing on-board the practice bulls he has at his grandparents’ property.
“I love polishing my skills as a rider,” he said.
“If it’s not on the bulls at my grandparents’, I’ll jump on the bulls at my mates’ places or practice on the barrel set-up at my place.
“Hopefully I’ll end up at the World Finals in Las Vegas one day, because I’m willing to take this as far as I can.”
And with the rate Braydon is going, that might be just around the corner. So if you’re up for a bucking good time filled with thrills and spills, make sure you grab your tickets to the megawatt event at the Cairns Convention Centre, July 8 from www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849.
Be ringside to watch the bull riders tighten their grips and buckle in for the rides of their lives as they battle it out for glory. No pain, no gain, and they are going to give it all they have got.
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