Emerald bull rider ready to rumble
LOCAL bull rider Mitch Loudon can vividly recall the first time he dared climb on top of one of the animals he now masters.
Trying to impress his cousins, the then 10-year-old said he was "terrified" at the thought of riding the bucking bull.
"I saw my cousins doing it and wanted to copy them," the Alpha-born Loudon said.
"I could only have been about 10 and I was bloody terrified, but my cousins were doing it so I had to."
With Emerald's leg of the PBR series fast approaching, Loudon confirmed he would be taking his place in the ring.
He said he was looking forward to his home-town feature event.
"Last year was a great event, real good," he said.
"It wasn't at McIndoe Park but I think it will be better there - different atmosphere and a bigger ground.
"My actual ride wasn't good last year. I didn't even have a tough bull, I just stuffed up.
"Obviously I really want to improve on that performance."
The year has been up and down for Loudon, starting off promisingly before plateauing off.
"I started the year well, making the finals in Sydney, but since then it hasn't been all that great," he said.
"I won the open bull in Comet and the Mt Isa Rodeo, but that's it.
"It's a bit of an up-and-down year.
"I usually can place up a lot higher than 14th. First place is still the aim - I just have to win as many as I can."
The PBR-sanctioned event swings into action on November 28, when some of the best professional riders will take to the stage.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ruralweekly.com.au/liveseries or from the front counter of the CQ News office.
- When: Saturday, November28. Gates open at 5pm, bull ride from 7pm and after party kicks off at 9.30pm.
- Live entertainment and after party with Tameaka Powell.
- Where: Alan McIndoe Park, Opal St, Emerald.
- Tickets: From $30 adult, purchase online www.ruralweekly.com.au and at CQ News front counter - pre-purchase and save!