They?re the next crop of riders
CENTRAL Queensland's next generation of bull riders, Guy Ford and Jesse Beak, are keeping the sport in the family.
The second cousins are both ready to burst out of the chutes at this weekend's Superbull Series final rounds at Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel.
Ford, a 16-year-old from Capella, and Beak, an 11-year-old from Bluff, are leading their respective junior and poddy ride divisions in the title race.
Both are following in their respective family footsteps by competing on the rodeo circuit.
"It's good fun,'' said Beak, who has been busy practicing on bulls on his family's property during the week.
Beak is in his second year of riding, but only concentrated on the bull ride circuit later in the year after helping the Blackwater Crushers under-11 rugby league team to a premiership earlier in the year.
Ford also plays rugby league for St Brendan's College, nods his head saying his younger cousin "goes pretty well''.
Throughout this year Ford has produced between 50 or 60 rides, a big hike from the 10 rodeos a year he used to compete in while living at home in Capella.
"It's all about the adrenalin rush,'' said Ford, who is also a two-time Australian schoolboys bull riding representative.