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Big future for rodeo stars at St Brendan’s College

What is the secret ingredient at St Brendan’s College when it comes to rodeo?  That’s the question as the list grows of St Brendan’s College students and alumni climbing the rankings in Australia, and the world, in bull riding.

Current Year 12 student and 2017 SBC Rodeo Captain Brady Fielder has just stepped off the plane, competing in Abilene, Texas in the USA at the World Youth Bull Riding Finals in August following successful Young Guns and Top Guns seasons.

While over there he met up with SBC alumni 2016 Seniors Aaron Kleier and Caiden Sandilands who placed 4th and 14th respectively, with Aaron coming off the back of a huge first season in PBR taking out 2017 PBR Rookie of the Year, and just being pipped at the post for PBR Australian Champion in his first year as a professional bull rider.  Other SBC alumni achieving great things in Australian and international rodeo include Peter Copping, Sonny Schafferius, Mitchel Paton and Josh Cavanagh.

Brady is aiming to follow in these green and gold SBC footsteps, chasing a rodeo career when he leaves school and attributes Rodeo Club and rodeo practice every week as some of the key ingredients to SBC’s success in rodeo.

“Not many other schools give you the opportunity to practice rodeo every week,” Brady said.

“I’ve been a member of Rodeo Club since I came to St Brendan’s College in Year 10 as a boarder and now as a day student I still travel up to the Great Western every week for practice,” he said.

“It’s good to have this opportunity and the more practice you get, the better chance of success.”

Top notch yards and rodeo facilities at the College add to the picture for the Rodeo Club, whose membership includes many boarders hailing from rural towns and properties from throughout Queensland.  The Club’s membership though is open to any Year 7 to 12 student.  After completing a safety course these Rodeo Club members have access to practice and rodeos at the Great Western every week to hone their skills across bull riding, bronc riding, steer riding and poddy riding.

Brady and his St Brendan’s College Rodeo Team are on the countdown now to September 2, getting ready to ride in individual events, the Inter-School Challenge and the Trans-Tasman Team Challenge against students from New Zealand.  Don’t miss these rodeo stars of the future! Visit for more information.

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