BULL VICTORY: Ryan Storey places first in the Burnett Buckle series,  defeating Lane Mellers in second spot.
BULL VICTORY: Ryan Storey places first in the Burnett Buckle series, defeating Lane Mellers in second spot. Photo Contributed

Storey takes out the Buckle series

RODEO: Bull riding champion Ryan Storey is grabbing life by the horns with his huge win in the Burnett Buckle series against runner up Lane Mellers.

Recently making the move from his hometown in Mackay to Monto almost 15 months ago, the bull rider said it's a sport he's always loved.

"Bull riding was always something that I was interested in, I'd go on campdrafts with my dad, it started all in calves and progressed from there,” Storey said.

Storey has been riding bulls for the past 16 years and said "no one bull is the same.”

"I love bull riding because everything is different, you don't know what to expect,” he said.

"You've got the adrenaline rush and the feeling of accomplishment when you ride.”

Storey urged those who are considering taking up the sport to be mentally prepared.

"It's important to keep your mental game on point,” he said.

"It's more mental than what people think, I'd say about 90per cent mental and 10per cent physical.”

The Burnett Buckle series came to an end at the Mundubbera show with Ryan Storey edging defeat over champion bull rider Lane Mellers.

Rodeo winner Ryan Storey with main sponsor Tim Duggan at the Mundubbera show.
Rodeo winner Ryan Storey with main sponsor Tim Duggan at the Mundubbera show. Philippe Coquerand

"It feels good to have the win in the Burnett Buckle series,” Storey said.

"This was a good little series to win, it was nice and close to home and it means a lot to take out the competition.”

One of the highlights for Storey in his 16 years of bull riding was the Australian Title.

"I've won many competitions over the years,” he said.

"I haven't won the Australian Title yet but I've been in contention a couple of times, I was runner up for some Central Rodeo Cowboys Association titles.

"Titles are what wheezes out the men from the boys.”

Bull riding is labelled one of the most dangerous sports in the world and comes with many injuries but it still doesn't deter Storey from getting back on the bull.

"I've broken many bones in this sport.

"I broke my arm three times, jaw, cheekbone, nose, fractured eye socket, ligaments and cracked ribs,” he said.

"I believe the reason I keep bull riding is you haven't achieved what you want to, it's just a part of the sport you accept, you accept the fact you'll get hurt, it could be bad or not bad.”

Storey said it was important that to become a good bull rider, you have to start right from the beginning.

"You have to crawl before you can walk,” he said.

"You can go somewhere, practice safe, get the right equipment and most importantly listen to the right people.”

Storey is participating in the Australian professional bull riding association in June.

"I'm trying to get into the finals and to compete in all the big rodeo events,” he said.

"If you win in Cairns it's an automatic jersey on the Australian team for the PBR global cup.”


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