FORMER Copmanhurst bullrider Matt Goodwin rarely gets a chance to come home.

Being an apprentice plasterer by day and competitive bullrider on the weekends, Goodwin has struggled to find time to himself since moving to Toowoomba in about April last year.

"Because you are sort of doing two rodeos every weekend there is barely any time to make the trip home," Goodwin said.

But in May Goodwin will definitely be home as he aims to contest The Daily Examiner/Rural Weekly Professional Bull Riding event at the Grafton Showground on May 7.

"We did a few PBR events last year and I am excited to do it again this year and get a chance to get home," Goodwin said.

In December Goodwin won the National Rodeo Association's Rookie Bullrider of the Year Award after amassing a big competition points table lead.

"I guess you don't really pay attention to the points table throughout the season," he said. "You just turn up each weekend and ride some bulls and have a heap of fun.

"The award is a nice honour - it sure makes all the long nights driving to and from rodeos worth it."

Goodwin said he is planning on heading to the United States later this year to compete in a month-long night rodeo series in Wyoming.

After that he hopes to complete his apprenticeship this year then head to Canada to be a part of their professional tour.

"I'm sort of not expecting too much, I just want to keep sticking my hand in the rope and see where it gets me," Goodwin said.

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