Narrabri miner in a rich seam of form

UPPER Horton cowboy Troy Wilkinson is hot property on the Professional Bull Riders’ rodeo circuit.
Nanjing Night Net

The 21-year-old cowboy makes his home at Upper Horton but works at Narrabri in the underground coal mine with his uncle, Peter Ryan.

Ryan (from Gunnedah) and Janelle Wilkinson already have their seats booked for tomorrow night’s PBR Tamworth Invitational at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC).

Troy Wilkinson enters the PBR Tamworth Invitational as the No. 1 bullrider and favourite to go the distance against the best cowboys in the land.

Ryan is one of his biggest supporters and predicts a big future for him in the United States.

“He has been climbing aboard some sort of animal and getting bucked off for as long I can remember,” Ryan said.

“I think he started riding calves when he was old enough to leg himself aboard and now it’s no wonder he’s taming bulls on what is one of the most competitive rodeo circuits in the country.

“I’m just glad it’s him and not me coming out of those chutes,” he said.

When they talk about life on the road as a rodeo cowboy, Wilkinson knows the true meaning and so does his fuel gauge.

He works four days a week at Narrabri underground and then sets sail every Friday for a PBR rodeo bullride event just about anywhere in the

country.

Last weekend he finished work, drove to Brisbane and then flew to Townsville where he had to buck through the preliminary rounds just to make the top eight final.

“I’ve been travelling solid for three or four years now and it’s what you have to do if you want to make it to the top of the sport,” Wilkinson said.

“I was confident going into this season and I couldn’t be happier going into the big Invitational at Tamworth ranked No. 1.

“I consider it my home turf and it’s really the rodeo to cement my No. 1 ranking,” he said.

Wilkinson has his sights firmly set on a career in bullriding in the United States.

“I just have to keep scoring well in the PBR Series and the chutes will open for a tilt at the bullriding circuit in Texas,” he said.

“There is nothing quite like going the distance on a beast which is trying to stomp you into tomorrow,” he added.

The trip to Townsville proved worthwhile, with Wilkinson expanding his lead in the race for the Australian title with his first Cup Series.

Wilkinson took an early lead in the competition, marking an 87.5 point score in round one on Kleiers Black Ice then backed it up in round two scoring 85.5 points aboard Darren Brandenburg’s Evil Eyes.

It put him in first place for the championship bull draft.

He was matched-up with Cochice and scored 82.5 to give him a three-bull total of 253.5 and see him finish 1.5 point ahead of USA’s Jordan Hupp.

Hupp will be one of the international riders competing tomorrow night.

Troy Wilkinson in action. He’s riding again at Tamworth’s AELEC tomorrow night.

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