BIG BUCKS: Elvis Urbina shows the determination that has made him a star in his sport.
BIG BUCKS: Elvis Urbina shows the determination that has made him a star in his sport.

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MAKING his debut appearance in Grafton this year for the Jacaranda Australian Bull Riding Championships is the International bull riding sensation Elvis Urbina.

Urbina will be one of the many stars in action at the Grafton Showground on Saturday evening for the annual event that attracts crowds of up to 3000.

One of the smallest professional riders in the world and at age 19, Urbina has achieved more awards than most bull riders in their whole career.

Beginning his professional career at age 14, he has then gone on to compete in the USA, Mexican, Guatemalan, Brazilian and Australian Pro Bull Riding Tours to prepare himself for his assault on the major league tour in the USA early next year.

Standing just 4'9" and weighing in at a mere 45kgs fully clothed, it makes you wander how this guy can compete on bulls weighing around 1000kg.

However what Urbina lacks in size and strength, he makes up for in sheer determination, a formula which has seen him at the pay window in previous weeks.

Since arriving in Australia back in August for the Troy Dunn International where he represented the Rest of the World Team in their victory over our Australian Team, he has quickly become recognised as one of the sports leading profiles on tour.

For the past two months, Urbina has been competing in events through South East Queensland and will be making a special journey south to compete at the annual Grafton event.

Another international guest at this year's event is the legendary Larry Everingham who now resides in Dallas, Texas, but is home for a short visit to sort out visa issues.

Everingham is twice runner-up in the Bullriding Australia Title and headed overseas early this year to contest the PBR World Tour in which he became a regular qualifier into the televised Cup events before having to return home.

With the standard of riders such as Urbina and Everingham competing, you can be assured that fans are going to have the opportunity to witness many great rides come Saturday.



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