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Home, this is something you’d do over a weekend. Whereas over here, I’m at this rodeo for ten days straight.

Cheyenne is a crossroads city on the high plains of Wyoming that plays annual host to one of the rowdiest events on the professional rodeo circuit. CONVICTS took a trip to the rodeo to find how a few Aussie cowboys were faring in the American West.
Turns out that Jake Finlay, Toby Collins, and Darryl Ethanback are doing pretty well for themselves. The three wranglers talk about riding broncs from Queensland to Cheyenne, the allure of the American bull riding scene, and the swagger that comes with a rodeo belt buckle.

CONVICTS

What brought you boys to Cheyenne?

JAKE

Here to ride broncs.

TOBY

Just here for the rodeo.

CONVICTS

Where’s home for you?

DARRYL

I was born in Gympie, Queensland Australia, I live in Hermiston, Oregon now.

JAKE

Goondiwindi, Queensland.

TOBY

Down in the southeast corner of Australia, in Victoria.

CONVICTS

What events are you in?

TOBY

Bull riding.

DARRYL

I’m one of the bull fighters.

JAKE

I’m a saddle bronc rider.

We were born into it. My family, we’re all rodeo cowboys in Australia.
CONVICTS

Did you grow up riding rodeo in Australia?

JAKE

We were born into it my family we’re all rodeo cowboys on horses a lot in Australia and all, so yeah, just wanted to do it.

TOBY

Yeah same mum and dad both rodeo’d and i was around it as a a little kid and its kind of what I did.

CONVICTS

Can’t say I had too many family rodeo days coming up. Do you remember your first bronc ride?

JAKE

I do remember by first bronc ride, yeah, at a little place called Upper Horton, in the middle of New South Wales. I got it twisted, but it wasn’t real pretty, I know that. Been hooked ever since.

TOBY

Yeah I remember the first bull I got on…he ended up bucking me off.

CONVICTS

What brought you to the States?

JAKE

I got recruited for high school finals. I came over on the Australian team and it sorta opened my eyes. A lot more money, better horses, better bulls. You can make a living off it here, you can’t make a living off rodeo back home.

DARRYL

Basically the money. Rodeo is so much bigger in America versus Australia. Home, home is something you’d do over a weekend. Whereas over here, i’m at this rodeo for ten days strait. You can make a living doing rodeo over here.

CONVICTS

Did you always know you were going to come here and rodeo?

TOBY

It was built up pretty big back home to come over here and rodeo so i booked a ticket, came over.

DARRYL

If you rodeo in Australia and you want to go ahead with it-it’s everyone’s goal to get to come to the United States.

CONVICTS

How do you like the States?

JAKE

We get along with the yanks pretty well.

DARRYL

We come over here to their country and they treat us good. I’ve always felt welcome.

CONVICTS

Met any girls since you’ve been here?

JAKE

Aw yeah, they’re around. I will say that. It’s pretty good being Australian over here.

CONVICTS

I wouldn’t know anything about that. Tell us about the Cheyenne rodeo.

JAKE

It’s the daddy of them all, that’s what they call it.

DARRYL

It’s not only the win money, but the saddle and the spurs and the famous, prestigious buckle that comes with winning this rodeo. I think to most guys, the buckle would mean way more than the money.

CONVICTS

Yeah, you can’t wear a cheque to the bar. What do you think sets the Aussie character apart?

DARRYL

Heart, I reckon.