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Dakota to bring royalty to rodeo

CLERMONT'S Dakota Brandenburg looks like your average 19-year-old.

But not every 19-year-old can say they are the youngest female bucking bull owner and contractor in the world.

The sport of bull riding and bull hauling is in the teen's blood as the daughter of two-time Australian bull riding champion Darren Brandenburg, and Dakota, the youngest female Professional Bull Rider Association contractor in Australia, has certainly followed in her father's footsteps.

Next Saturday, Dakota will bring rodeo royalty, Gotcha Rockin, to the Rockhampton PBR.

"Gotcha Rockin, the 2015 PBR Bucking Bull of the Year, will be bucking at both Rockhampton and Emerald PBR," she said.

"Every time we get a chance to watch this awesome athlete is exciting and I most definitely wouldn't miss it."

At just 18 Dakota decided university wasn't for her and told her parents she wanted to continue the family business and be a professional bull riding stock contractor.

Dakota said she had been around bulls with her family from a very young age.

"I have grown up in the rodeo scene my whole life and couldn't imagine not being involved in the sport of bull riding," she said.

"It is a great feeling to have come so far doing what I love but I don't find my age nor my gender intimidating at all because I've been involved in this sport forever.

"Bull riding is an adrenaline-filled sport and watching such talented animal athletes match up against some of the most talented bull riders across Australia makes it even better."

The Brandenburg family supply bulls for professional riding events across Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

ROCKHAMPTON PBR

WHEN: Saturday, October 24; gates open at 5pm, bull ride starts at 7pm

WH ERE: Browne Park, Albert St, Rockhampton

PRICE: Tickets start at $30 but will be more expensive if you buy on the day. Avoid the queue by pre-purchasing your tickets at The Morning Bulletin front counter in Bolsover St or going to ruralweekly.com.au



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