LOVELADY, TX (KTRE) - An 18-year old Houston County bull rider is a rookie, but he's giving more experienced pros a ride for their money.
Boudreaux Campbell of Lovelady is gearing up to ride in this Saturday's Big Tex Agriplex 2017 Lufkin Championship Bull Riding Bull Bash. On Monday, the teen spoke about his decision to go pro.
Campbell has a name that rolls off a rodeo announcer's tongue.
"Yeah, the 18 year old Boudreaux Campbell," an announcer said.
He also a talent that sticks the fit teen to the back of a ragin' bull like a fly to flypaper.
"That is a young man who jumped on this fall. Has been a force to reckon with," an announcer said.
As of this weekend, the outstanding rookie bull rider held onto third place in the Championship Bull Riding 2017 World Standings.
"I've also got my PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) card. I'm trying to make the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) the Wrangler National Finals this year," Campbell said.
At 18 years old, Campbell could compete at the high school level, but he's already been named state champion twice. So, why not ride with the pros for the thrill and the money?
"I got to take advantage of it while I can because you can't ride bulls forever," Campbell said. "Your body will give at some point."
Campbell has been laid up in a hospital bed twice due to bull riding mishaps. Like the pro he is, the rookie puts mind over matter.
"I always knew what I wanted to be, but I never knew it would come this quick," Campbell said. "I knew I was going to have to put some work into it and everything just fell into place and it all worked out."
Campbell is hoping to have the hometown crowd advantage Saturday at the Big Tex Agriplex 2017 Lufkin CBR Bull Bash at the George Henderson Expo Center.
"It's 24 of the best bull riders in the world," Campbell said. "It don't get much better than that."
For Campbell, a successful night will be rides to the full eight seconds and holding onto a healthy body.
Campbell has plans to continue on the bull riding circuit and eventually attend Sam Houston State University. His long-range goal is use his earnings to buy a ranch.
Tickets for the 28-year-old Bull Bash Lufkin tradition are on sale now at Cavender's.