Son of a gun stepping out alone
RODEO: Jordan Iker spent his 14th birthday in hospital after a bull clean snapped his ankle in half.
Now the rodeo young gun is stepping back on the big beasts, up in Townsville, away from his old Alton Downs stamping ground.
The son of rodeo legend Shane, Jordan is chasing the ironman mantle of the Queensland scene, competing in four events.
Each week he lines up in the saddle bronc, bull ride, rope and tie and steer wrestling.
"Driving home on Saturday nights I can barely feel half my body, but I love it,” the young buck said with a cool assurance.
"The saddle bronc and bull ride reef my arms out and the roping events hurt my ankles and legs. After its all over I am definitely ready to go home.
"I try to go to the gym as much as I can to build up strength but we are basically riding injured all the time.
"There isn't enough time between events.”
Four years on from his debilitating injury, Jordan now 18, has his own arena in Kelso up north.
It's not as flash as his old man's but it does the job. His father provided all the grounding and tutelage required, but this is about being his own man.
"That break was pretty bad one. I was on crutches for 11 months,” the plumber-in-training said.
"It was a huge set-back mentally, I gave up bull riding for four years. Only got back on them six months ago.
"Moving to Townsville just gave me a change of scenery. It was a little daunting but I have to do things for myself.
"Dad is going great, still winning.”
Both father and son will head to the Bowen River for another round of APRA events.
He is currently eighth in APRA all around cowboy standings, 11th in the rope and tie and 16th in steer wrestling.
With the top-15 at the end of September qualifying for The Warwick Rodeo National Finals on October 26-29, Iker will be hoping for a place in both events to press his finals chances.
One of the intriguing battles at Bowen River will be in the cowgirl events with open pro tour leader Shianne O'Donoghue-Kent from Bunyip in Victoria doing battle against Emerald star Leanne Caban in a field of 25 in Breakaway Roping.