MELLERS MOVES UP
Nation’s best teen bull rider shifts focus
BULL RIDING: Coming off his bull in the first Professional Bull Riding event of the year wasn’t the way Mundubbera’s Lane Mellers was hoping to start the 2019 PBR season, but it’s only fuelled his hunger to gain on the Australian title holder Aaron Kleler.
“I didn’t do too well in Adelaide so I didn’t get any points,” he said.
“I checked my international PBR standing and found I am now around 70th in the world which is alright. Aaron Kleler is standing at eighth and he is only a year older than me so I wouldn’t mind being in his position.
“Ultimately this year I’m aiming for that Australian title.”
To climb the world standings, riders can compete in tours across the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico.
Despite spending months away from the Australian circuit last year on a bull-riding scholarship in Texas, Mellers was the PBR Rookie of the Year and placed fourth in the grand final at Townsville.
While he is aiming to bump that title to number one this year, he will continue to study and compete in the United States as well.
“Obviously being away in the States will affect the points I can gain in Australia but I’m hoping I’ll be home enough to still get the points here,” he said.
“I’m not going to stay in Australia just so I don’t miss our events, really everyone has their eye on the world standings so I want to be
❝ Obviously being away in the States will affect the points I can gain in Australia but I’m hoping I’ll be home enough to still get the points here.
— Lane Mellers
working on both.
“I’m looking forward to heading back overseas because it’s a whole new experience, I enjoy riding the bulls over there, and I’ve made new friends.”
Next Sunday he leaves for the States to compete in the Edinburg Classic in Texas before resuming his studies.
He will stay in Texas for a month before returning to Australia for a month, where he’ll compete in our PBR circuit at events across Victoria.
He’s wasted no time getting back in the arena so far this year, having competed at both Noosa and Grass Roots in Redland Bay in recent weeks.
Having grown up in Mundubbera, Mellers said his success wouldn’t have come without the support he had received from friends and family, and the North Burnett community.
BIG DREAMS: Lane Mellers at the Grass Roots bull riding event last weekend.