Gympie rodeo star rides his way win
THE hard work and determination of Gympie rodeo talent Matthew Makinson has been recognised after he recently won the title of Australian Bareback champion.
Makinson won the Australian Professional Rodeo Association Bareback title at the National Finals Rodeo at the Gold Coast last month with a total of 384 points.
A mere two points separated Makinson from fellow cowboys Darren Clarke and Clint Burton after the five rounds of competition.
A 79-point ride on Lil Egypt of the Gill Brothers' stable secured the title for Makinson.
Bareback is often considered the most dangerous and physically demanding of all the rodeo events due to the lack of rider aids and the strain placed on the rider.
"My dad was a bareback rider, and I always wanted to be like him," Makinson said.
The commitment Makinson has for the sport is admirable, dedicating up to 45 weekends of the year to the sport.
Breaking his wrist the week before last year's finals makes this year's victory even more special.
Makinson said although he was disappointed to miss out on last year's finals, it was all a part of rodeo.
At 21, Makinson has a bright future in the sport and has high aspirations for his goals in the sport.
"I want to be the first Australian to win a Bareback world title," he said.