Cordie rides high on success after first win
FERGUS Cordie is a fearless man who takes life by the horns, almost literally.
His passion of bull riding is regarded as one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
Yet that hasn't stopped the Maryborough up-and-comer from following his sporting passion.
Riding a 700kg beast requires balance, composure, a fair dose of courage and lightning reflexes.
Cordie has it all, which helped him claim his first win since joining the Australian Professional Rodeo Association circuit.
Giving away plenty of experience to many of his competitors, Cordie, who turns 24 next week, had one of the best rides of his career to win the open bull ride at the Bundaberg Show Rodeo at the weekend.
"It felt real good and to come away with the win, I can't complain about that," he said.
"I've had a lot of placings but never actually won one.
"You couldn't wipe the smile off my face."
Since watching his father Ross ride as a young buck, Cordie, a fitter and turner by day, has craved the thrill and adrenalin rush riding a big grumbling bull at a rodeo can trigger.
While things don't always work flawlessly, he has so far avoided any major injuries in his quest to become a professional bull rider.
Unfazed by pain or potential harm he faces every time he hops on the back of a bull, Cordie said there was no time to fear once in the chute.
"We try not to worry what could go wrong, it's all about positive thinking and having a good, strong mental attitude," he said.
"It is all about trusting in yourself and knowing deep down you can win and that you're good enough to be there amongst the best.
"I don't think I would want to do anything else.
"Once you get a taste of your ability you want more."