Josh stays on to take the title
JOSHUA Lock took out this year's Junior Bull Riding title at an award ceremony in Caboolture last Saturday.
After competing in 56 rodeos this year, the 18-year-old Wardell resident earned a whopping score of 1800, thrashing his nearest opponent by 600 points and cementing his place as a true champion of the sport.
It's little surprise considering he joined the National Rodeo Association when he was five years old and started riding calves that same year.
The key to achieving bull-riding greatness?
"Stay fit, get on the bull and just try to stay on," says the placid young man who can't remember which one of his legs was severely injured in a ride last year that left his calf muscle ripped off the bone.
"I got runner-up that year," Lock says flatly.
On top of being the best bull rider in Northern NSW and South-East Queensland in the 16 to 18-year-old category, Lock also won a $2000 cash prize last Friday after outperforming his competitors in an open tournament.
When he's not carving up the competition, Lock's busy cutting his way through the second year of his butchering apprenticeship.
But the full-time schedule hasn't deterred him from his dream of travelling to the US and becoming a professional bull rider.
"Right now the money's not bad, but over there you can make millions," says Lock, who manages to fit in a training regime that consists of running, gym workouts and sessions on an old bucking drum in the front yard of the family home.
Mum Rebecca insists her son didn't inherit his sporting prowess from her.
"No way would I do it," she said.
But she couldn't be prouder of her son who progressed from poddy to steer riding when he was 12 years old and in 2009 took out his first championship.
Rebecca concedes she's pleased her son has a driver's licence.
"Sometimes Joshua competes in three events on one weekend or even two on the same night," she said.
"Now that he's older he can just jump in the car and drive himself.
"But I still do his washing so at least he always looks like the tidiest boy out there."