Ready to ride bulls in America
EVERY second counts for Mount Walker’s rodeo champion Ty Thomson.
He is ranked second in the National Rodeo Association junior category and two months ago he was runner-up at the Australian finals.
But the young bull rider is holding on for the chance to compete internationally, with plans to make his American rodeo circuit debut in 2019.
“The ultimate dream is to be riding in America and to win the world,” Thomson said.
To prepare, the 17-year-old is spending as much time as he can in the ring in Australia.
“I’ve only had one weekend off this year,” he said.
This year he will finish his junior and novice career before turning 18 and move to the open competition.
Despite his success Thomson has only recently started training to keep fit, but when it comes to strategy he said you have to be prepared for everything.
“I guess the time you go out there setting a game plan is the time he’ll (the bull) do something different and it won’t work for you and you’ll end up in the dirt,” he said.
The sport has cost him three broken arms and a broken knee cap, but he’s been determined to succeed in the sport ever since.