Fantasy comes true for former jockey
Ballymore co-trainer Chad Ormsby’s fantasy of being a cowboy is coming true.
He rode in his sixth rodeo on January 24 at the Kimbolton backyard bullride.
The retired jockey was joined by one of his fellow Matamata track riders, Ernie Rika, at the event,
‘‘It has always been a fantasy of mine,’’ Ormsby said. ‘‘ Growing up I went to horse sports where we rode calves, steersanything we could get our hands on but I never took that next step to riding bulls.’’
Since starting to compete in October of last year he has won the second division at the Gisborne and Mohaka events.
When he is having a good run he feels relaxed. ‘‘When you do it right you can do it all day but when you’re not in time with it and not feeling it it feels like the eight seconds is more like 20 seconds. ’’
He did not place in the second division at Kimbolton as he was bucked off in the first round and touched down on his second bull. One hand always has to stay in the air and the rider must stay on for eight seconds to have a qualifying ride.
Ormsby and Rika practise on bulls in Paeroa. Rika, who represented New Zealand in bullriding at the Sydney Easter show last year, didn’t place in the open division at Kimbolton but won that section at the Richmond rodeo down south the day before.
Their racing experience helps them beat the nerves. ‘‘I feel excited rather than nervous before a bull ride,’’ Ormsby said.
He wants to break into the open division, which takes more than a season for most bull riders. To qualify for that a bull rider must have earned over $2,500 in bull riding events. ‘‘I’m still about $1,200 away from that.’’ He only has three or four bull rides to achieve that goal this year as he can’t attend all the bull rides as his priority is attending horse races where Ballymore horses are competing. He would have liked to attend the Hunterville bull ride but had to attend the Wellington Cup which the stable’s Mister Impatience won.
Ernie Rika on one of Parklee’s open catergory bull, Finns Full Throttle, at Kimbolton.