Rodeo Life

It was inevitable that myself and my brothers would end up being cowboys to some degree. My father Bill Cook  was a reputable all round cowboy competing in events such as the saddle bronc, bareback bronc and bullock ride. As I was basically born on the back of a horse, the art of hanging on tight came second nature to me.  My love affair for Rodeo started at the age of 3 in the poddy ride at the Blair Athol Rodeo in Queensland.

I rode my way into the open division quite quickly and at the age of 13 I had my first open saddle bronc and open bullock ride.  I travelled the rodeo circuit into almost every state of Australia competing in all 4 rough stock events (bull riding, bronc riding, bareback bronc riding and the bullock ride. I had my share of thrills and spills and learnt to accept hospital stays as part of the job.  Throughout my life in the rodeo arena I experienced broken jaws, fractured eye sockets, numerous other broken bones and torn muscles.

In  2004 I left my stamp on the Australian professional  bull riders circuit,  when I was crowned the Australian  rookie bull riding champion. I represented Queensland in the State of Origin and rode at Australia's most prestige's bull ride, the Troy Dunn International in Townsville Queensland.

In 2005 I wore the green and gold jersey for the Australian team against the rest of the world team including Brazil, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and the US. I retired from professional bull riding with the number 6 on my vest. I enjoyed over 12 months of competition being seated within the top 10 Australian bull rider's standings. I had the privilege of competing and travelling with some of Australia's greatest cowboys including 98 world champ Troy Dunn, Shawn Reading, Henry Odell, Darren Brandenburg and protection athlete Shane Mad Dog Simpson.

"I learnt some of life's toughest tests from the sport of Rodeo and it taught me to keep on climbing,

no matter the size of the mountain."