GIDDY UP: 14-year-old Tuchekoi bull rider Wesley McDonald won the Junior Steer riding title for 2019 at the Imbil Bull n Bronc on Saturday January 4. Photo: East Coast Images
GIDDY UP: 14-year-old Tuchekoi bull rider Wesley McDonald won the Junior Steer riding title for 2019 at the Imbil Bull n Bronc on Saturday January 4. Photo: East Coast Images

GALLERY: 14yo rider claims major title in Valley rodeo

A 14-YEAR-old Gympie region boy impressed the crowds on Saturday night taking out the Junior Steer riding title for 2019 at the Imbil Bull n Bronc.

Wesley McDonald of Tuchekoi left a lasting impression on the rodeo judges when he claimed the title, only hours after placing second in the mini-bulls at the Noosa Rodeo that morning as part of the National Rodeo Association series.

McDonald attends Noosa District State High School and said his sights were now set on making a name for himself and one day competing in America.

14-year-old Tuchekoi bull rider Wesley McDonald won the Junior Steer riding title for 2019 at the Imbil Bull n Bronc on Saturday January 4. Photo: East Coast Images
14-year-old Tuchekoi bull rider Wesley McDonald won the Junior Steer riding title for 2019 at the Imbil Bull n Bronc on Saturday January 4. Photo: East Coast Images

“In the next five years I would like to start getting my own bulls so I can practise more often and travel to America to get my name out there,” he said.

McDonald began his bull riding five years ago after his mother took him to his first rodeo and, since then, he has been passionate about riding.

“I was taken to a rodeo when I was younger and decided to give it a go. I didn’t do very well, and often fell off but that didn’t stop me,” he said.

14-year-old Tuchekoi bull rider Wesley McDonald with his trophy. Photo: East Coast Images
14-year-old Tuchekoi bull rider Wesley McDonald with his trophy. Photo: East Coast Images

“It’s the adrenaline, getting to see your mates every weekend and giving it a go.”

McDonald said the title win boosted his confidence.

“Yeah I guess so, it’s a bit of a confidence booster. It’s great to know you conquered the steer riding and you’re ready for the next challenge,” he said.

“I was very impressed with the crowd attendance at the Imbil Bull n Bronc. The event is getting bigger and bigger each year.”

This year, McDonald will be riding steers and junior bulls and will be competing in the mini bull event.

McDonald is now looking forward to the Grass Roots Redland Bay Rodeo Bull ride on January 18.

Gympie Times


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