He’s rough. He’s tough. He’s 14-year-old Kade
Attenborough from Muswellbrook and he has just taken on
the world National Junior High Finals Rodeo
Championships in Dallas, USA.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, 5 Canadian provinces,
Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the worlds largest junior high rodeo final
and now one of the notches on this youngster’s belt.
It’s been a life on the road in recent years for the Attenborough family, with
Kade’s passion for bull riding taking them all around Australia.
“He’s a natural,” father Matt Attenborough says gleaming with pride.
“He just takes it all in his stride. He has the right commitment and
attitude at such a young age, that if he continues this could take him
Rodeo in America is a massive sport and the opportunities are endless, and
the sponsorship dollars aren’t to bad either. “The USA are really into their bull
riding. As you enter the towns, if they’ve had a successful local come from
that area, there will be signs saying Welcome To [town] home of [competitors
name] and what they have achieved. It’s crazy.” explained Matt.
Kade rode in the event not only to try for the title but also for the opportunity
for an education scholarship in America. Unfortunately, after Round 2, Kade’s
score wasn’t high enough to see him progress through to the final round but
he should still be very proud of what he achieved.
“It was my first time at a High School Finals and it was huge. It’s
unbelievable. Things are going great and the experience is something I
will treasure for the rest of my life. I owe a lot to my mum and dad for
supporting me in chasing my dreams.” Kade said.
Kade also wanted to thank his parents work for allowing them the time off to
support him. “I really want to thank HypO2 Hunter Valley for helping me get
here.” said Kade.
Kade is chasing a career in bull riding though he does acknowledge it’s going
to take a lot of hard work as it’s a fiercely competitive sport. But he’s a kid that
has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak, heading off to compete in
America to make a name for himself. Not bad for a kid from the Hunter Valley
who started riding poddy calves as a 9-year-old.
Kade’s now back at home to get some practice and a few rodeos in before he
heads back over to America, this time to Dallas for the World Junio Bull Riding
Finals in Texas. We wish you all the best Kade, and we will be following your