Professional bull rider Lachlan Richardson takes on US cowboys

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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Lachlan Richardson, 23, is ranked No.17 in the world of professional bull riders. Photo: Max Mason Hubers Lachlan Richardson has been riding bulls since he was a child. Photo: supplied
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Lachlan Richardson, 23, is ranked No.17 in the world of professional bull riders. Photo: Max Mason Hubers

From a Gresford cattle farm to Homebush and next stop an American arena tour.

At 23, Lachie Richardson is making a name for himself in the world of professional bull riders, where he is ranked No.17, competing for big prize purses in front of adoring crowds at venues such as New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Lachie and elder brother Cliff, 25, competed in the professional bull riding national final at Homebush at the weekend, where Lachlan placed second to a visiting Brazilian rider.

Growing up on the family farm, the brothers have been riding bulls for 14 years, following in the footsteps of their uncle, and turning professional when they turned 18.

Lachie has been travelling to the US since 2012. He spends much of the year chasing prize money that can be as high as $US35-45,000 for a win in popular weekly televised arena events. All he has to do is stay atop a raging bull for eight seconds and hope his competitors fall off.

“There’s a lot of money they’ve got there,” he said. He had one major win in his first year and has been returning every year since. He’s earned more than $US62,000 this season, according to the competition’s website.

The competition, dominated by riders from the US and Brazil, takes Lachie to major venues such as Madison Square Garden, as well as Las Vegas and Florida.

He says he’s been pretty lucky with injuries, with the worst being a broken hand.

In the US, Lachie spends his time riding, training in the gym and travelling between events. It’s a young man’s sport and he’s riding hard while he can.

“There’s a few guys that go until they’re 40 but there’s not many past 35. A lot pull up at 30, it depends on your family life.”

When Lachie returns to Australia he heads straight to the family cattle farm “to earn some pocket money”.

“I like the States, it’s definitely the place to be riding bulls, but the day I finish riding bulls I’ll be back home on the family farm. I want to do good enough there so I can buy my own.”

Three Australians are ranked in the world top 30, including Ben Jones from Goulburn at 20, and Australian rider Cody Heffernan who jumped to 27 after being awarded the 2016 PBR Australia national champion at the weekend.

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