Rodeo school: How to ride a bucking bronco

Rodeo school: How to ride a bucking bronco


Move over Montessori, there’s a new coolest
school in town – well not any town nearby, but Australia’s first Rodeo School has opened
in Mount Isa. The Isa Rodeo School is a prestigious academy
in the arts of bronco and bull riding and being a rodeo clown, meaning that the students
were specially selected based on their experience, knowledge and age – and willingness to jump
aboard an animal that is bucking wildly. The school was set up as the opening event
of the Mount Isa Rodeo, the largest rodeo in the southern hemisphere which attracts
25,000 visitors every year, and of which the school has now planned to be an annual event. The opportunity to learn the ins and outs
of flailing about on the back of a bull attracted pupils from thousands of kilometres away. I like to do it for a different sort of adrenalin,
something different that you don’t usually do every day. I didn’t have too much experience before I
came here and when I came here I learned plenty of different techniques and none that I’d
really known when I first started riding bulls, everything’s new so I’ve just got to practise
that now. My uncle used to do a bit of bull riding and
I always looked up to him and I thought, I want to do that! I asked him if I could practise
up at his place on his little bulls started out at the star of the year. It was great, I learnt a
lot, mainly about keeping balance and picking myself up back onto the bull and from falling. Aside from just staying balanced, the school
also taught the would-be cowboys and cowgirls animal welfare procedures, safety and dismount
techniques. Unfortunately the guys up here don’t have
a lot of opportunities to learn the skills to ride bulls. They got the willpower to do it
and the want to do it but no opportunities and that’s what it’s really all about, giving
these kids an opportunity to learn from the best.

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