Emerald bullrider eyes on the prize at PBR home event
FAMILY will provide the inspiration in Guy Ford's bid to take out the Emerald PBR this weekend.
The Capella rider said it would "mean the world" to him if he were able to rise to the McIndoe Park challenge.
"It's always good to do rodeos so close to home, seeing your friends and family in the crowds is great," Ford said.
"It makes you want to do even better in front of them.
"It would mean the world, be unreal, to get a win here. It would be awesome.
"I didn't go any good, I got thrown off pretty quick last year. I didn't get any money or points."
Ford's sporting pedigree is strong and the 26-year-old was once a part of the Brisbane Broncos under-20 squad and appeared from the bench in their grand final loss to Canberra.
While football may have burdened his rodeo career, it gave him a strong work ethic and he wouldn't change anything.
"It was a great experience. I played with Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough and I was part of that 2008 squad that made the grand final," the once-promising lock-forward explained.
"I am always glad I went away and did that. I wouldn't change anything for the world.
"Footy gave me a strong work ethic and it really helped me know my body and knowing my limits and knowing how far I can push my body.
"But bull riding I find there is more satisfaction for yourself and if you do stuff up you can only blame yourself.
"I love footy but there is no better feeling than stepping off a bull knowing you have rode well."
A sparky by trade, Ford and cousin Mitch Loudon will go head-to-head this Saturday, something Ford always looks forward to.
"It's always a good friendly rivalry between us, he is a good fella and we travel to a fair few rodeos together," he said.
"It's great to have someone so close with you, we are pretty much brothers, so it makes it more comfortable.
"You can try and make plans for the bull during the week but when it comes to game day on Saturday you don't have time to think about it. It has to be a subconscious reaction as you can't think as fast as a moving bull."
The PBR-sanctioned event swings into action on November 28 with some of the best professional riders from across the country.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ruralweekly.com.au/liveseries.
They can also be purchased from the CQ News office in Emerald.