He’s rough and tough

Townsville cow­boy Bray­don Wellby tops the leader­board in stand­ings

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WHAT A RIDER: Bray­don Wellby on Devils Dance.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UP-AND-COMER: Bray­don Wellby has high hopes for his bull­rid­ing ca­reer.

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