Fearless bull rider heads to Australia
Teenager bull rider Logan Cornish has been trampled and had a leg broken, but he is determined to pursue his dream to turn professional.
Cornish, 17, is heading to Australia on Friday to represent New Zealand bull riding.
The Alexandra Dunstan High School student is only one of two South Islanders to compete in the trans-Tasman high school challenge over three days of rodeo.
The challenge also has participants contesting steer riding and barrel racing divisions.
‘‘This is my second time in Australia but I have been in it for three years. Last year I got a couple of placings then broke my leg on the last night. I got trampled by a bull— they are full size— anywhere from 800 kilos upwards and over there they are bigger than over here.’’
Bull riding was an adrenaline rush, and despite being trampled, thrown off and kicked Logan said he loved it.
‘‘It gets scary. It’s a real good adrenaline rush. I love it. You have to be mentally tough and not scared. You don’t get scared if you are good at it. And you have to be fit. I also do bareback at rodeos on horses and I am more scared on bareback that bull riding. It’s a pretty scary extreme sport.’’
His dream was to travel to the United States and compete in professional bull riding tournaments.
‘‘If you win a title over there you could get $1 million.’’
The New Zealand team will compete on August 30 at Capella Rodeo, September 3 at the Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, and on September 6 at St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon.
Cowboy: Logan Cornish, 17, is heading to Australia this month to represent New Zealand in bull riding.