Taking love by the horns: the cowboy heading for your TV

Farmer Sean Hollands, 35, from Maryborough in the new season of Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.
Farmer Sean Hollands, 35, from Maryborough in the new season of Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

A BULL riding accident put everything into perspective for Sean Hollands.

The Maryborough cowboy is determined to live life without regret, a motto he's taking into Channel 9's reality dating series Married at First Sight.

The 35-year-old, who has two children with his ex-wife, will be one of 20 singles lining up at the altar to marry a total stranger in an eight-week social experiment.

"I'd only ever seen one episode, but I asked a few people about it and thought I'd give it a crack,” he told Rural Weekly.

"I thought the experts would be able to find me a really good match.

"I had no idea what was expected of me for the show, I was just really looking to find love.”

After finishing runner up in the Queensland Rodeo Association in 2004, Sean was seriously injured in a bull riding accident the following year.

"I was at a rodeo up near Agnes Water, I came out of the gate and I don't remember anything after that,” he said.

"My mate told me the bull threw me into the fence and from the moment that happened I must have been in a daze.

"I just remember waking up with the ambo there. I had two fractured ribs, a punctured lung and internal bleeding.

"I was in hospital for nine days and on oxygen for five days. I didn't think I was going to make it through it.

"It was pretty scary.”

He returned to work as a mining technician months later, but it took Sean another six years to get back on a bull.

"I finally jumped on another one to get over my fear and there's been no stopping me since then,” he said.

"Before that I thought 'I wish I had done this or that', but now if I want to do something then I work my way towards it.

"I live life with no regrets.

"When I applied for this experiment people said a few things, but when I explained it to them they understood.”

Sean hopes to meet a woman who shares his love of horse riding - he owns nine horses - as well as the outdoors and rural living.

"I knew it was going to take someone special who's got a love for those things,” he said.

"And someone who knows the mining industry who could understand me being away for a week at a time.”

Married at First Sight premieres next Monday, January 30 on Channel 9.

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