Houston’s no sook, he’s just a gentle friend
HOUSTON the bull is big, bucks like a champ and if he wanted to could squash Mt Walker farmer Jody Ruhland to a pulp.
However, Houston has a problem, because of his timid nature he gets bullied by the other bulls in Mrs Ruhland's paddock.
After buying Houston, Mrs Ruhland is now his best friend.
"He seemed to have a nature different to the rest of our bulls," Mrs Ruhland said.
"The other bulls gave him a hard time. A bit like a kid in the playground getting picked on.
"I separated him and started bringing grain out to feed him."
Houston soon let Mrs Ruhland feed and pat him, and their friendship was formed.
"When I'm having a bad day I go out and give him a rub and have a chat to him, like some people do with dogs," she said.
"Its pretty nice going out with a big lump of a bull and knowing that he isn't going to hurt me."
After Mrs Ruhland's husband Rick retired from professional bull riding they started to breed bucking bulls to stay involved with the sport.
The couple will bring 10 bucking bulls to the Grafton Rural Weekly Live Series PBR event on March 28, and Houston is one of their best.
"He competes as well. Houston hasn't had too many qualified rides on him," she said.
The Ruhlands mostly farm beef cattle, but they also have small crops and breed rodeo bulls.
"I love it, I was two years old at my first rodeo and I have been going ever since.
"I love every aspect of it, I love the bulls and seeing the boys ride them well.
Houston will perform at the Grafton Showground on March 28.
Saturday, March 28.
Buy tickets at The Daily Examiner office at 55 Fitzroy St or head online to http://www.eventopia.co.
At the Grafton Showground
Adult premium ringside $40
Children 4-16 premium ringside $20
Family premium ringside (2A+2C) $100
General admission adult $30
General admission children $15
General admission family $75