Bryce Magnay, will represent Australia in the American National High School Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Bryce Magnay, will represent Australia in the American National High School Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Bareback Bryce is US-bound

DESPITE his youth, Bryce Magnay has faced more challenges than most.

But the 19-year-old bull rider fights on and has been given the chance of a lifetime - he's been selected to captain Australia's bareback riding team at the American National High School Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The selection has been reward for a difficult 18 months for Magnay since the tragic death of his father.

The Tocal Agricultural College student said his dad's memory was the driving force behind his career.

"Dad is my biggest influence and what inspires me to be successful," Magnay said.

"To compete in the United States is a dream come true and to captain my country is something I am very proud of.

"The sport is so big over there and I can't wait to see it all for myself."

Rated in the world top 40, Magnay is slowly making a name for himself in both bull and bareback horse riding.

The former Toormina High Student said he believed the weekends of travelling hundreds of miles to rodeos was starting to pay off.

"Unfortunately, there is a lot of travel involved in the sport and it isn't uncommon to drive 1500 kilometres to compete," he said. "Luckily my Nan and Pop were able to drive me to and from events and without them I don't think I could be where I am."

Brimming with pride, Bryce's mother Nardiene Magnay said her son showed ability from his first ride.

"He is a bit of a natural," Nardiene Magnay said.

"He was riding in the senior division at the age of 15, so it is no surprise that he has been selected to represent Australia."

Although already securing his selection, Nardiene Magnay stated her son still needed to raise money to ensure he could compete.

"A big hurdle for Bryce has been the cost of competing in the United States," she said.

"Since my husband passed away, it has been a struggle but Bryce has stood up and taken on a lot of the responsibility.

"It would be greatly appreciated if someone in the local community could give us a helping hand."

Anyone interested in helping Bryce achieve his dream can call Nardiene Magnay on 040 1586 111.



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