Brae Linnegar wins under 18's steer ride

Brave Linnegar: Brae Linnegar won the Under 18's championship in Orange on Saturday night. Photo: Jude Keogh.
Brave Linnegar: Brae Linnegar won the Under 18's championship in Orange on Saturday night. Photo: Jude Keogh.

When Brae Linnegar hopped onto the back of a steer two years ago, he knew that he was hooked.

Linnegar lives just outside of Newbridge and he was introduced to the sport by Blayney rider Lachlan Little.

That first ride though was nothing like the one he had during the championship.

"My first ride was a bit rough, I fell off," he said.

Being able to conquer the steer and soak up all the atmosphere, it's just the vibe.

Brae Linnegar.

On Saturday though he held on for the win and snared himself the Under 18's Steer Ride Championship at the East to West Coast Rodeo Championships in Orange.

Linnegar said that the attraction of the sport works at many different levels.

"It's the pure thrill of it," he said. "Being able to conquer the steer and soak up all the atmosphere, it's just the vibe."

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Learning the art of riding steers and bulls is not something that you can do without some assistance, and it's the Little family that has helped Linnegar out.

'Lachlan and Paul have been really helpful and have shown me a lot of techniques," he said.

His win on Saturday was his first buckle and next year he's looking forward to taking on much larger beasts.

"I move up to novice bulls next year so I'll take it from there," he said.

Linnegar is currently studying a Cert III in agriculture - Horse Breeding and Training in Maitland and hopes to continue on riding well into the future.

Those dates for Orange though may change as the promoter Allen Wilson foreshadowed on the weekend.

Mr Wilson said the cold weather meant that numbers have been down the last two of the eight years it's been in Orange. "If we can't host in late October or November we'll have to look at other locations," he said.

Linnegar however said that once he was on the back of the steer waiting to go, it was far from his mind.

"I just gave a nod and off I went," he said.