Lit­tle cow­boy takes bull by the horns for rodeo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TEN-YEAR-OLD lo­cal cow­boy Leith Malone is gear­ing up to put on a buck­ing good show at the Dain­tree Sta­tion bull­ride spec­tac­u­lar to close out Car­in­vale.

The hard as nails bull­rider is al­most a veteran of the rough and tum­ble rodeo game and has been stick­ing to bulls and bare­back horses since he was seven.

He found sch­mooz­ing with Smoodge a tough as­sign­ment at the Dain­tree Sta­tion rodeo ring last week and lasted one sec­ond be­fore be­ing dumped into the turf.

But he was quick to jump to his feet and dust him­self off to get on the next mean­est poddy calf they could muster.

All buck­ing bull­rid­ers and horserid­ers have to stay on for eight sec­onds if they want a stab at the money and Leith has man­aged this and more.

“I can’t re­mem­ber his name but the best time I stayed on a bull was for 12 sec­onds,” Leith said.

“I was on Spike for five sec­onds and I stuck to Ratty for seven sec­onds and with Smoodge I was off in one sec­ond.”

The feisty young cow­boy trains three days a week and pound-for-pound is work­ing just as hard as the “big cow­boys” when they are rid­ing their 1000kg mounts.

Glen Sim­mons, well-known for pro­vid­ing big, mean and pow­er­ful bulls to rodeo con­tests through­out the coun­try, has promised to bring some of his tough­est con­tenders to the ring.

One of Australia’s best bull­rid­ers Jock Con­nelly lasted just five sec­onds on one of Mr Sim­mons’ tough­est bulls Land­lord, with Rat­sack who has kicked the teeth out of six top riders also likely to make an ap­pear­ance.

If you want to see Leith in ac­tion, as well as the big boys and bulls, the bull­ride spec­tac­u­lar will be held at Dain­tree Sta­tion, Whyan­beel, on May 26.

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