Thrill of wild ride for Beau
MONEY and titles don't mean much to fast-rising rodeo rider Beau Creighton - he's just there for the thrills.
The 15-year-old is celebrating after claiming victory at the latest stop of the National Rodeo Association's Carlton Mid Bull Ride Series.
Beau is now gunning for the top title on the circuit, which features several promising riders from New South Wales and interstate.
For the Dyraaba-based competitor, the sport is about one thing and one thing only.
"It's pretty much just the adrenaline you get in the pen," he said. "You just want to ride.
"It's really exciting."
Beau defeated scores of hopefuls to claim the under-16 junior bull ride at the latest event at Kawana Waters.
He picked up $230 for his efforts and valuable points ahead of the circuit's forthcoming finals.
Beau was introduced to rodeo by grandfather Kenny King and cousin Dylan Talbot, who is also a promising rider.
After riding smaller calves and honing his skills on a bucking drum at the family's property, he soon progressed to competitive level.
His section sees riders attempt to control a bucking bull for eight seconds.
Judges asses the competitor's control of the beast - and just how difficult the animal is making it.
"It can feel a lot longer than eight seconds sometimes, especially if you ride one of the better bulls," Beau said.
"You just blank out any nerves really.
"It's heaps good fun. I love it."
Beau is now planning to contest the circuit's next event at Springwood next month. A good performance there should secure him a berth in the circuit's finals in March.
Proud mum Jodie said she had reservations at first about her son's involvement in the sport.
But he had won her over with his efforts and his success.
"At first I was like, no way," she said.
"But it was something that he really wanted to do.
"There's still times when I find myself saying a prayer for him out there.
"It's nice to see your child succeed in doing something he loves."
Mrs Creighton also said there was more technique involved in the sport than most observers would realise.
"It is a tough sport," she said. "You can travel five hours for an eight-second ride. There's a lot of skill and balance involved and a lot of hard work as well.
"It's just fantastic to see Beau going so well."