Living the rodeo dream



GRACEMERE'S Cameron Bell has a simple philosophy on whether he prefers steer wrestling or the rope and tie event on the rodeo circuit.

"Whatever I'm doing well at, at the time, is what I prefer,'' Bell said.

Bell won the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) steer wrestling Australian title in Toowoomba last month ? in his first attempt.

Competing over four rounds, he sealed the title after winning rounds two and four, placing third in round three and placing fourth in the averages.

He broke the barrier in the opening round. In the rope and tie ranks, the 23-year-old also won the Australian title for rookie heeler.

Bell competed in 25 events on the APRA circuit this year travelling to places like Carrieton, in South Australia, Myrtleford, in Victoria, and Young, in New South Wales. The travel is not an issue.

Bell said he found plenty of time to combine work and rodeo commitments.

"It's the rush and the excitement ? and you get to see new places,'' he said.

Bell's rope and tie partner, Yeppoon's Errol Frame, was named Australian rookie champion for the rope and tie header and rookie steer wrestling champion.

The finals host the top 15 competitors in each division. Bell's rodeo travels are just following in family footsteps with his dad Colin and brothers Nathan and Ben all involved in rodeo. Rodeos are Bell's life.

"If I wasn't in rodeos I'd be in some horse sport,'' said Bell, who started his rodeo career in the poddy rides.

Bell is now on a well earned break resuming APRA and CRCA (Central Rodeo Cowboys Association) circuits next year.



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