Four-time champ Dave Kennedy is heading to Grafton PBR
FOUR-time PBR champion David Kennedy will be almost back on home turf at next month's event in Grafton.
Like most professional bull riders, Kennedy grew his career from humble roots, in Kyogle just a few hours to the north.
"It was great… it was a really good spot to grow up," he said.
"It's still the same, not much has changed.
"There are still some good young riders, but obviously not as much money."
The 30-year-old had his first taste of bull riding at age 11.
"Everyone has got to crawl before they walk," he said.
"I was lucky that my dad was so supportive."
But it took Kennedy a number of years to flourish into the star who will be one of the main attractions at The Daily Examiner PBR on March 28.
"I guess I was 21 or so," he said.
"I really started to go to a lot bigger rodeos."
The good news for aspiring young bull riders is that the path to the top is wide open, according to the best source in the business said Kennedy.
He said the most difficult thing about turning professional for many talented young bull riders was having the courage to go for it.
"For a lot of young blokes coming up, it's intimidating," he said.
Kennedy's advice for any youngsters hoping to follow in his footsteps was not to hold back and simply to keep trying.
"Bull riding is all about confidence," he said.
"Just get on as many bulls as you can and have a go. There's an opening there for anyone who's got what it takes."
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