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Hand it to Reece, he has some guts

Jack Robertson of Kyogle heads for the sand in the novice bull ride at the Wildside Rodeo at Byron Bay on Thursday night.
Jack Robertson of Kyogle heads for the sand in the novice bull ride at the Wildside Rodeo at Byron Bay on Thursday night. Diane Essery

REECE WELLER of Woodford in Queensland lost his right hand and very nearly his bullriding career eight years agoin a meat mincer.

But the 24-year-old never gave up his dream of riding rodeos in the United States so he learnt a new technique with his left hand.

On Thursday night that technique earned him a win in the National Rodeo Association's Wildside event at Byron Bay.

Weller produced an 81-point ride on a middle-aged bull named Little Secrets.

Byron Bay is a place filled with good memories for Weller.

"That's the place I returned to bullriding after I lost my hand," he said.

"And it was great to win on Thursday night - the crowd is always good at Byron Bay."

Weller said his goal after this year was to compete professionally in the United States.

In other results, the Lockyer Valley's Cheyenne Whitwell won the women's barrel race in a time of 13.10 seconds.

Cheyenne is just 15.

Warwick's Michael Maher won the saddle bronc ride while Cabarita's Jordan Everingham took out the junior bullride.

Nobody managed to produce an eight-second ride in the novice bullride meaning there was no winner in that category.

Topics:  bullriding rodeo