Bending wins rodeo title at the Top End

Jimmy Bending.

Jimmy Bending.

FORMER Bendigo boy Jimmy Bending is making a name for himself in the Northern Territory’s Rodeo scene.

Bending won the Indervon Novice Bullock Ride at the Aileron Bush Weekend over the two-day Easter period in April.

It was the 10th year the Aileron event was on with more than 500 people from across the Top End and Australia trying their luck at a range of different events at the rodeo.

Aileron is located about 130 kilometres north of Alice Springs, where Bending is currently located.

The 20-year-old moved to Alice Springs a year ago.

"I am originally from Bendigo, my parents still live there, but I moved up to Alice Springs," he said. 

Bending said it was a complete shock to win his category.

“I was shocked,” he said.

“I didn’t expect to win the whole thing.

"There were locals competing, people came down from Darwin as well."

Bending said he was up against about 30 people in his category.

“I just hung on,” he said.

“I was the only one in the competition to get any riding points, so I basically came first, second and third.”

Bending, who only got involved with the sport a year ago, has already enjoyed some success in the sport.

“I love it,” he said.

“It is something I have always wanted to do ever since I was a kid.”

Bending said his next event he was preparing for was in Normanton in Queensland in May. 

"I am looking forward to that event," he said. 

"It is about 600 kilometres away from where I live."

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