Richardson rides into first place

From riding poddy calves in Gresford to tackling bulls in America, Lachlan Richardson has hit the big time.

The 19-year-old from Gresford competed at the sport’s highest level in his first ever professional bull riders competition on Monday, and took home first place.

Richardson was called up to take part at the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series, in Uncasville, Connecticut, when another rider dropped out injured, and he shocked a lot of people with his effort.

He was the only rider to stay on all four of his bulls for the full time limit and beat his closest rival by almost 100 points, taking home a pay cheque of $38,900.

His father Tony Richardson, said it was a huge accomplishment for such a young competitor.

“It’s a pretty big feat for a 19-year-old kid because he was competing with the top 40 bull riders in the world and four of them have won a world championship,” he said.

“He’s always been quietly confident in his abilities and he backs his own words.”

Since the age of nine Richardson wanted to be a bull rider and Monday’s victory moved him from 41st in the competition rankings to 31st.

He will now wait and see whether he is able to compete in the next leg of the competition, which will depend on the injured rider returning to fitness.

He will stay in America until June before returning home to compete in the Australian Professional Bull Rider 6 Cup series.

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