Jake Watts, 16, of Kyogle, watches other riders in the competition
Jake Watts, 16, of Kyogle, watches other riders in the competition

Jake grabs the ride of his life

By NERIDA BLOK nblok@northernstar.com.au

CLINGING to a beast for 62 seconds earned Jake Watts equal third in the Kyogle Show Bull Ride junior steer competition on Satur- day. Held on the last day of the town's 96th annual two-day event, the bull ride attracted a large crowd. With his heart still pumping, 16-year-old Jake, from Kyogle, said it was the adrenaline rush that attracted him to the sport. "It's a thrill," he said. He said his friends at Kyogle High School, however, think he's just plain 'mad'. Jake said he had only just started riding, but ? touch wood ? had never been seriously injured. "I've been hung up a few times ? nothing bad," he said. And his tips for staying on? "Just hang on," he smiled. St John's Ambulance workers Estelle Jolley and Len Johnston, from Lismore, were close by ready to provide first aid. "Just in case," said Ms Jolley. "It's very entertaining, they risk a lot." Through exhaustion and sunburn, Kyogle Show Society secretary Wendy Piggott said she was pleased with the success of the show. "It's been wonderful," she said. "Every section was up ? cattle, horses, the pavilion ? everything."



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