Little cowboy takes bull by the horns for rodeo
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.