Young gun steps up among rodeo fam­ily

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - Cas­san­dra Glover Cas­san­dra.Glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

BLAKE Weier was born to be a rodeo star.

The 16 year old has been around horses all his life and first rode into a com­pe­ti­tion arena when he was five years old.

“(He) started do­ing a few rodeos at five or six, just bar­rel rac­ing, and started break-away rop­ing at about eight,” Ta­nia Weier, Blake’s mother, said.

“He rode pod­dies and steers as well.”

He has been named an APRA Ju­nior “one to watch” af­ter his suc­cess in the break-away rop­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Blake will be headed to the Ju­nior Na­tional Fi­nals in Emer­ald on June 29–30.

With his mum and older sis­ter, Bianca Weier, be­ing rodeo cham­pi­ons, Blake isn’t short of role mod­els in the sport.

Ms Weier is a seven-time na­tional bar­rel rac­ing cham­pion, and now her five-year-old daugh­ter Jayda Che­val­ley is fol­low­ing in the fam­ily foot­steps, com­pet­ing in bar­rel rac­ing as well.

“I get in­spi­ra­tion from Mum and my sis­ter,” Blake said.

“Mum has helped me out a lot and my sis­ter did for bar­rel rac­ing.

“I prac­tise a cou­ple of times a week. I nor­mally just prac­tise at home. Mum helps me.”

The Weier fam­ily spend their week­ends trav­el­ling from rodeo to rodeo across the state.

“The trav­el­ling is tough but we love it and we do it as a fam­ily,” Mrs Weier said.

Blake shared the sen­ti­ment with his mother.

De­spite just start­ing full time work as a roofer, he said he doesn’t mind spend­ing his days off rop­ing cat­tle.

“I love rodeo­ing. I just love it,” he said

“I just go and have a bit of fun and try my best.”

Blake has had the op­por­tu­nity to travel over­seas to face the com­pe­ti­tion in Amer­ica.

“I’ve been over twice so far, one time for the high school fi­nals and one time I just went rodeo­ing with a friend,” he said.

“Rodeo­ing is a lot big­ger over there.

“There’s a lot more rodeos and stuff.”

Blake said de­spite the big crowds, he doesn’t re­ally get ner­vous.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROP­ING CHAMP: Blake Weier will be at­tend­ing the Ju­nior Na­tional Fi­nals in Emer­ald this weekend.

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