HE'S been bruised and battered in the rodeo arena, but Owen Lee believes his sport is no more dangerous than football.
The 22-year-old bareback bronc rider is shaping up for the biggest year of his career, and says the recovery from plastic surgery on his wrist won't stop him getting there.
After badly breaking his wrist in a rodeo event, Mr Lee got back on the horse, but repeatedly split the surgical scar open in the rough and tumble competition.
A plastic surgeon completely removed the scar tissue that was struggling to heal, and Mr Lee is now on the mend for his rookie season in the professional ranks.
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He said he had never been tempted to give away bronc riding, despite the injuries.
"We're all cut from the same metal - it's one of those sports, once it gets in you, it's pretty hard to get out.
"I could walk out of here and get hit by a car - there's no point in stopping your sport just because of some injury.
"Because it's been two years of forever having wrist trouble, I wanted to get it all done, have it fixed so I can have a red hot go at my rookie season."
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