Tumut’s Cody Ballard has finished a brilliant third in bull riding in the recent College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.
Cody won the first round with what turned out to be the highest score of the finals.
He then backed it up with a fourth in the second round and was considered unlucky not to last the full eight seconds on the bull in round three, being bucked off at about 7.8 seconds.
He had received enough points to go into the final in second place out of the top 12 bull riders.
The bulls proved too strong in the final, with only one bull eventually being ridden.
As well as doing well individually, Cody’s men’s team came out on top to win the coveted champion college team title.
Cody has been competing in the US and Canada for the past three years, as well as attending Panhandle State University in Goodwell Oklahoma on a four-year rodeo scholarship.
The College National Finals Rodeo is the most prestigious college rodeo. It is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in each event. National team championships are also awarded to both men’s and women’s teams.
Over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper every year.
Contestants compete all year in one of the NIRA’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride at the CNFR.
The top three students in each event and top two men’s and women’s teams from the NIRA’s 11 regions will qualify for the CNFR.