At 18, Josh is riding high
RIDING a wild animal 15 to 20 times your own weight takes guts.
"You get nervous every time you get on," local bull rider Joshua Lock said. "But that's a good thing; it makes you hold on tighter."
The 18-year-old Alstonville lad has been riding beasts since he was a kid and is now one of the Northern Rivers' most promising teenage cowboys.
Last Saturday, the former junior bull riding champion competed in the Professional Bull Riders Australia rodeo in Marrabel, South Australia.
The renowned event brought the country's best bull riders together and Mr Lock was the youngest of them.
"It was a bit intimidating to start with," he said.
A crowd of about 6000 people watched Mr Lock ride but he said he "didn't even know they were there".
"I had bigger things to worry about."
Mr Lock didn't manage to stay on a bull for the minimum eight seconds required, however, he said the experience was invaluable.
The young cowboy will enter the next Professional Bull Riders Australia event and eventually he'd like to compete in the United States, where the sport and prize money are much bigger.
Mr Lock's mate and former National Rodeo Association bull-riding champion, David Kennedy of Kyogle, entered him in last Saturday's competition. Both will ride at the Kyogle Bullride Spectacular tomorrow.