JOSH RIGHT AS REINS POST FOOTY

Herald Sun - - NEWS - KATE SALEMME

RE­TIRED Hawthorn premier­ship de­fender Josh Gib­son has set­tled into life post-foot­ball and be­gun a new ca­reer in cam­p­draft­ing.

Gib­son, 34, de­vel­oped a pas­sion for the Aus­tralian eques­trian sport af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to the con­cept in 2016 and has of­fi­cially swapped his footy boots for horse-rid­ing boots af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment from the AFL last year.

“I rode a lot as a kid and I stopped rid­ing be­cause of footy,” Gib­son (pic­tured) told the Her­ald Sun. “Af­ter watch­ing that com­pe­ti­tion I wanted to give it a go and the next year I did. I was hooked.

“It al­lows me to keep my com­pet­i­tive juices flow­ing be­cause I am a pretty com­pet­i­tive per­son, so get­ting out there and try­ing to rus­tle up some cat­tle is fill­ing the void af­ter re­tir­ing from foot­ball.”

Gib­son owns three horses, two of which he has trained to com­pete in cam­p­draft com­pe­ti­tions, where in­di­vid­ual riders use their mount to guide a cow around a set course.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL KLEIN

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