Lo­cal school to host coastal APRA rodeo

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WHILE belt buck­les and cow­boy hats might seem out of place at the beach, the rodeo arena is set for the 2017 St Bren­dan’s Col­lege Cen­tral Isuzu Rodeo this Satur­day with more than 3000 vis­i­tors ex­pected to pour through the gates.

The Col­lege’s strong ru­ral and board­ing his­tory was the start­ing point for the event, of­fer­ing a chance for ru­ral stu­dents to hone their bull rid­ing skills and for re­gional fam­i­lies to make a fam­ily week­end visit for all the rodeo ac­tion.

There’s even talk about a se­cret in­gre­di­ent at St Bren­dan’s Col­lege when it comes to rodeo, as the list grows of St Bren­dan’s Col­lege stu­dents and alumni climb­ing the rank­ings in Aus­tralia, and the world, in bull rid­ing.

Cur­rent Year 12 stu­dent and 2017 Rodeo Cap­tain, Brady Fielder, has just stepped off the plane, com­pet­ing in Abi­lene, Texas in the USA at the World Youth Bull Rid­ing Fi­nals in Au­gust fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful Young Guns and

Top Guns sea­sons.

While over there the Yep­poon lo­cal met up with SBC alumni 2016 Se­niors Aaron Kleier and Caiden Sandi­lands who placed 4th and 14th re­spec­tively.

Aaron has just come off the back of a huge first sea­son in PBR, tak­ing out 2017 PBR Rookie of the Year, and was just pipped at the post for PBR Aus­tralian Cham­pion in his first year as a pro­fes­sional bull rider.

Brady, will lead the St Bren­dan’s team in the up­com­ing St Bren­dan’s Col­lege Cen­tral Isuzu Rodeo.

He is aim­ing to fol­low in th­ese green and gold SBC foot­steps, chas­ing a rodeo ca­reer when he leaves school and at­tributes Rodeo Club and rodeo prac­tice ev­ery week as some of the key in­gre­di­ents to SBC’s suc­cess in rodeo.

“Not many other schools give you the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice rodeo ev­ery week,” Brady said.

“I’ve been a mem­ber of Rodeo Club since I came to St Bren­dan’s Col­lege in Year 10 as a boarder,” he said.

“Now, as a day stu­dent, I still travel up to the Great West­ern ev­ery week for prac­tice.”

Now in its 22nd year, the St Bren­dan’s Col­lege Cen­tral Isuzu Rodeo will kick off at 10am, show­cas­ing the school­boy events in­clud­ing the In­ter-School Rodeo Chal­lenge and Trans-Tas­man Rodeo Fi­nal and a full APRA-Af­fil­i­ated Rodeo Pro­gram from 5.45pm.

The or­gan­is­ers of the rodeo, the St Bren­dan’s Col­lege P&F, use the event as their ma­jor fundraiser.

They are ex­pect­ing around 300 com­peti­tors in the full Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion (APRA) event which al­lows APRA mem­bers to gain points for their an­nual tally.

Events in­clude the open bull ride, team rop­ing, sad­dle bronc, ladies bar­rel rac­ing, ladies break­away and steer wrestling from 5.45pm.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROUGH RID­ERS: The St Bren­dan’s Col­lege 2017 In­ter­school Rodeo Team set for the SBC Rodeo on Septem­ber 2 (from left to right) Cameron Creevey, Jack­son Gray, Lo­gan Beak, Brady Fielder (cap­tain), Iza­yah Gilby and Caleb Elms.

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