Newly crowned national champion Joshua Lock, 16, pictured in action at the Alstonville Rodeo last year.
Newly crowned national champion Joshua Lock, 16, pictured in action at the Alstonville Rodeo last year.

Young cowboy with a Lock on title

ON the same weekend as his hero Dave Kennedy became the best bull rider in the country, Wardell’s Joshua Lock carved out his own piece of history.

Lock, 16, took out the National Rodeo Association (NRA) steer riding championship last weekend in Queensland.

The Alstonville High student lists the newly crowned Professional Bull Riders (PBR) national champion, Dave Kennedy, as his idol.

“I get a lot of my inspiration from my hero Dave Kennedy,” Lock said.

“He’s my hero because when I was growing up my life was influenced by him a lot, as he lived near by.

“Dave has gone on to become the two times Australian bull riding champion, so seeing him achieve such a great goal, has given me something to strive for, and look up to.”

When Lock was only 13 years old he took part in his first championship ride. Since then, he has never looked back.

He was runner-up in the under-16s steer and bull riding championship for the past two years.

Lock said he never doubted his ability to win and went into last weekend’s competition 500 points ahead of his nearest rival.

He had a slight setback when his foot was crushed underneath the steer he was riding, but he still went on to take the title.

Lock still has to juggle school with his riding commitments, but still makes sure that he does at least two hours practice a day.

And he’ll be hooking up with his hero Dave Kennedy pretty soon.

He will take part in a bull riding school Kennedy plans to hold on December 13.

The teenager is following in the footsteps of his father, who also took part in the sport.



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