Partial blindness, punctured lungs: Nothing stops this rider
GROWING up on a large property in Clermont, bull riding quickly became embedded in Brady Fielder's way of life.
He's had his share of injuries but it's the adrenaline rush that keeps getting him back on the bull.
"I've had a bull jump on me once and punctured my lung and sent me partially blind in my right eye," Mr Fielder said.
"But I still love it, I don't think anything could stop me."
When the 19-year-old enters the ring at Saturday's Gargett Rodeo, it will be his first professional performance in front of a home crowd. But he is far from deterred by the larger, more enigmatic crowds. In fact, he thrives on it.
Mr Fielder recently returned from Canada where he competed in and won several high profile events.
He said it was an eye opener to the lofty heights he could achieve in the sport.
"There'll be plenty of atmosphere (at Gargett), so hopefully I do really well. It does lift you a bit, and it pumps you up a bit more," he said.
"For me it's best not to think about it - your body knows what to do when the time comes."
Ranked 35th in the world, Mr Fielder will be one of 84 competitors taking part in 'the four Bs' at the rodeo - bull riding, barrels, bareback and broncs.
The event usually takes place in April, but torrential rain this year forced its postponement. The change of date means the Gargett showcase will be the final rodeo before the national finals of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.
Gargett Rodeo committee member Helen Head said the event was more than a bull riding spectacle: the atmosphere epitomised country Queensland.
While the change of date, which clashes with the National Barrel Championships in Tamworth, meant they had slightly fewer than the usual 100 competitors, she said the family-orientated event was still primed to be a success.
"We had about eight inches of rain leading up to it (in April) - it was completely washed out. It actually rained on the day as well. (It's) totally opposite at the moment, so one extreme to another," Ms Head said.
"It's a real country atmosphere. It's not playing the game and everyone goes home; everyone gets there, does what they're there to do and they just party on. They just seem to relax."
Gates at the Gargett Rodeo Grounds open for the event at 3pm on Saturday, September 21.