No Bull! Bates loves the bush
THERE is no doubt that it has the potential to be one of the shortest, most brutal rides in the world of sport.
Maryborough’s Patrice Bates would not have it any other way either, or so it seems.
The 23-year-old has just ridden her first steer in a competitive rodeo in Warwick and she just loved it – all eight seconds of it.
Not only did she hang on, but Bates, an accomplished horse rider, went close to winning a national title with her performance.
She finished second in the Australian Women’s Steer Ride Championship.
Bates, who has ridden horses for six years, scored 69 points and finished six points behind the winner.
Fifteen women contested the titles.
But how did Bates, who was crowned the supreme district champion hack at the Fraser Coast Show this year, get into a sport where it’s rider against beast from the moment the chute opens?
“My fiancé Michael Chapman rides bulls professionally and asked if I wanted to have a go in Warwick – I thought why not,” she said.
“I had ridden a quiet bull a while ago so I thought I’ve got nothing to lose so I had a go and I am so glad I did.
“Sure I was nervous to begin with but by the time I was about to get on I was pumped and ready to go.
“The ride was the best adrenaline rush ever and I was so wrapped when I rode it.
“I didn’t want to get off at the end to be honest.”
Now she has had a taste of riding a steer, Bates is hooked on it and she’s setting her sights on making it a regular feature of her life.
“I think I’ll give the horse riding away for steer riding,” she said.
“I cannot wait to have a go again and I am sure that Warwick Rodeo will become a regular fixture on my calendar.
“Besides, I’d love to come first next year and win that very shiny buckle.”