HOLD ON: Bradie Gray fights hard to ride bull Rock Star in the final round of the Grafton PBR event, a ride which led him to taking out the event.
HOLD ON: Bradie Gray fights hard to ride bull Rock Star in the final round of the Grafton PBR event, a ride which led him to taking out the event. Adam Hourigan

ROCK STAR: Tired teenager takes out PBR Grafton crown

BULL RIDING: At the end of a tough night during which he clockedthree eight-second rides on some of the toughest and meanest bulls in Australia, teenager Bradie Gray claimed the PBR Live Series event in Grafton.

It was an an exhausted Gray who accepted the winner's cheque, the 18-year-old having only arrived back in the country earlier in the day.

Bradie Gray fights hard to ride bull Rock Star in the final round of the Grafton PBR event, a ride which led him to taking out the event.
Bradie Gray fights hard to ride bull Rock Star in the final round of the Grafton PBR event, a ride which led him to taking out the event. Adam Hourigan

The Tamworth bull rider has been studying at Odessa College in the United States on a full rodeo scholarship but has been getting home at every opportunity to compete in the Live Series.

"I feel happy I guess. I just got off the plane and it has been a long day and it was great to finish it like that," Gray said.

"I flew in at midday today and was straight down to Grafton. I haven't had any sleep yet so I think that is how I will celebrate tonight.

"I felt great. I had my family behind me. They were here tonight which is great."

With just over one year to go to complete his college degree, Gray said he has been considering his options for life post-college.

"I am based more so in Odessa, Texas now and I am hoping to stay over there and get on the bill for the Cup Series," Gray said.

"I think it is definitely a reachable dream, I just have to go after it and not give in."

Despite winning the overall event at Grafton it was not enough for Gray to unseat Brodie Heffernan as the PBR Rural Weekly Live Series champion.

Heffernan walked away with a handy $10,000 for his efforts in the ring and will use the win as boost ahead of the Last Cowboy Standing Rodeo in Las Vegas next weekend.

The Uki-based Heffernan will be the only Australian representative at the prestigious event.



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