IN ONLY his second year of competition, Michael Neylon is currently ranked leader of the National Rodeo Association's saddle ride category.
He will be making a special appearance in Toowoomba this weekend for Cully Fest, an aboriginal and outback cultural festival.
The Biddeston local's ability is clearly second to none, taking first at the Chinchilla rodeo, as well as tackling the five-time bucking saddle stock of year.
Neylon got involved with the rodeo scene through a few mates and said he never looked back.
"It really started with my mates getting me involved and my first time in the arena I got addicted,” he said.
"I really enjoy getting to travel, getting the best out of your mates and watching the horses perform.
"I've never won a title before so hopefully the rest of the season goes to plan.”
Competition has been back and forth all year with Jack Capewell. However, Neylon was confident he could take the crown.
"Honestly, I know I have the ability, but at the end of the day it's the luck of the draw,” he said.
"It very much depends on the stock that is drawn but I am confident.”
With the National Finals Rodeo already under way, the end and subsequently the title is within hand's reach.
Round two of the National Finals Rodeo this year heads to Toowoomba and partners with Cully Fest, the Outback and Aboriginal Folk Festival.
The partnership aims to bring more people to both events and Neylon said it was a great idea.
"Cully Fest is something different and it's going to be a real eye-opener for a lot of people,” he said.
"Hopefully the two events go hand in hand and drag along a much larger crowd.”
Over three huge days from Friday through to Sunday, the Toowoomba Showgrounds will be transformed into an outback paradise with a stellar line-up of music, dance, art, food and the second round of the National Finals Rodeo kicking off at 5pm on Friday night.
Get your tickets now to secure your spot to one of the country's most unique festivals.
Visit www.cullyfest.com for more information.
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