Adrenaline feeds Dylan’s love of rodeo
LOOKING for the region's greatest all-action sports-man?
Then Dylan Talbot could well be your man.
The Wiangaree rider capped a commendable year of competition with a joint second place finish in the junior bulls division at last Saturday's Maclean Lawrence Rodeo.
Fifteen-year-old Dylan became hooked on the sport after being taken to a rodeo as a small child by pop, Kenny King.
Now he cannot imagine life without the all-action sport, which sees riders attempt to avoid being thrown by a bucking beast.
"It may sound strange, but there's nothing like it," he said.
"It's the adrenalin you get during and after the ride when things go well.
"You have all your mates slapping you on the back and everybody's cheering.
"When you do a good ride on a bull that's not been ridden before, you feel pretty good."
Dylan, who attends St Mary's Casino College in Casino, is establishing a reputation as one of northern New South Wales's top riders.
He finished third on the National Rodeo Association's junior bulls section for his age group, performing at events across NSW and Queensland.
Although he smashed his arm in a rodeo accident a couple of years ago, Dylan said being thrown by his animal was all part of the fun.
"If you start thinking about getting hurt then you may as well give up riding," he said. "It is dangerous, but it's good fun.
"You just have to block it all out, clear your head and ride."
Dylan was among a host of top young riders competing at the Maclean event, one of the biggest dates on the sport's festive calendar.
Competitors had to hang on to a bucking bull for eight seconds, assessed by eagle-eyed judges.
Dylan, who was due to see in the New Year at a rodeo close to Killarney last night, said the sport was a great test of a rider's all-round skills. "It's really about technique, fitness and practice," he said.