Sonny skies on the horizon
PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING: It's been a break through week for Dysart's Sonny Schafferius and he can't hide his smile.
A maiden PBR win in Jundah last Friday night has jolted the 27-year-old into two of the country's most sort after events, the Iron Cowboy Townsville and Brendon Clark Invitational in Newcastle.
Both his first win and scoring the invites were two career goals he can tick from his bucket list.
"At the start of the year I listed a few goals I wanted to achieve and these were right up there,” Schafferius said.
"It is my first proper crack at PBR this year and I am very proud of how I have gone.
"Jundah was great. I rode really well. Rode Drop Zone in the round and Blossom. They are good, tough bulls, pretty hard to handle. They don't get rode too often.
"Strangely I didn't have many problems with them, just did everything right and guessed how they would buck.
"I had been practising hard at home and it obviously worked well.”
While he is a newcomer to the scene, Schafferius will take on some of the world's best. He knows he will be up against Australia guns and internationals and is determined to leave nothing in the tank.
"You have to back yourself and give yourself the best chance possible.
"These are the rodeos that everyone wants to win. I don't know exactly what riders will be coming along but I just have to focus on myself.
"I do know some of the best riders in the world will be coming to both.
"I can't wait to get out there,” he added.
It was a lengthy nine-hour drive back at Dysart on Friday night. The $4,800 prize money made it all worthwhile.
He has already planned how to spend it.
"Well I am not driving to Newcastle so that money will go to flights,” he said. "The rest can go to some toys.”