TEENAGER Corey Neill will be walking into the Miriam Vale Showgrounds tomorrow with the swagger of a champion cowboy with a new hat.
That's because the last time Neill competed in Miriam Vale he won the steer ride and collected $130 - which he spent on a hat.
The 16-year-old Tannum Sands State High School student from Burua is confident but not cocky about defending his title.
"There are some handy riders competing in it. It's all about staying on for the eight seconds and that's all I can do," he said.
"I go up to Rocky for the Young Guns Series and I'm fifth in the standings after winning a couple."
He will have to overcome a slight knee injury after a bull landed on his knee a month ago and the joint was still swollen.
Neill has a couple of small bulls at home that he practices on and knows the best bull riders are dedicated to their sport.
"Mum used to barrel race and dad rode steers and a few junior bulls.
"It was something I watched and always wanted to do," he said.
"I decided I would do it and now I'm really into it."
Neill will also compete in the junior bull ride for the second time in Miriam Vale, a big step up from the steer ride.
"It takes a bit to get used to the extra power," he said.
"I prefer a bull that spins into my hand. Spins straight out of the gate and into the hand would be good," he said.
"But you just have to wait and see what bull you get."
Neill was looking forward to putting on his new hat and travelling 20 minutes down the road.
"It's not a bad show and the whole community gets behind it. It's always good fun," he said.
When: Saturday, gates open 8am.
NRA rodeo action from 5pm
Where: Miriam Vale Showgrounds
Price: Adult $10, Pensioner $6
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