Cowboy Corrie riding high
BULL RIDING: Young cowboys, such as Brad Corrie, was a reason why Larry Barron made the decision to return to the sport.
Barron felt the sport was not going anywhere but then youngsters wanting to break into the sport were given a pathway and coaching and that has proved to be decisive with young cowboys coming through the ranks.
“He is one to look out for in the future,” Barron said of Corrie who, at 21 years of age, is proving to be a promising rider even though 2010 was, by his own admission, not one of his better seasons.
“I have started to find form towards the end of the year,” he said.
Corrie is one of the young riders who came through the system, collecting titles along the way.
As a junior, Corrie won back-to-back CRCA titles and also collected the rookie title and finished runner-up in the open bull ride in the same year.
Like most riders, Corrie looks forward to being drawn on one of the better bulls.
“The one I want is Western Star,” he said.
As the CRCA 2010 Bull of the Year, any cowboy lasting the eight seconds will have secured the winning ride.
“If you are going to ride a bull then you want to ride the best around,” he explained.
“As a bull rider you want to ride the rank ones.”
During his short career he has attempted to extract points from some good bulls and names the Shane Iker bull Outcast as his toughest.
“He's a big strong bull, real hard to ride,” he revealed.
Both Corrie and Barron have a similar philosophy when it comes to the dangers of riding a beast.
“When you start thinking about it, then you are going to get hurt,” they agreed.
Corrie is not just going to this week's rodeo to ride a beast, he will also be providing a few as a contractor.
He said the best is one with the name of Smash.
“He's been ridden once, and I've also ridden him at home,” Corrie said.
“He looks the part. We've had him in with the cows and breeding from him.”
Barron and Corrie also agree on the direction the sport is taking and how to continue to grow the profile. A major part is looking like cowboys.
Corrie feels it is important to dress the part of the cowboy while Barron wants to take the sport into schools so the youngsters are able to meet riders who then become their sports heroes.