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(May 8, 2006) We had to wait in Red Bluff, Calif., after our last rodeo for a few days for the Xtreme Bulls in Clovis, Calif. We ended up hanging out at the Flying U Ranch. We got to help gather up bucking horses and drive them across the pastures. It was a lot of fun because we had to drive them across the highways to the next pasture. It was an adventure, but it was something that we all love to do. We had a great time there.
We took one day to go fishing. Clayton Williams and I spent the day catching perch. We caught a bunch. We were pulling them in left and right. We wanted to catch some big fish but we couldn't, so we settled for the perch.
We left to go to the Xtreme Bulls and we got about 80 miles outside Clovis and the fuel line in my truck busted. We were already running late as it was, so instead of stopping and getting the truck fixed and taking a rent car to the bull riding, we just went ahead and drove on. It was tough needless to say. We were spewing diesel and people were hollering at us and giving us dirty looks. But, we didn't care too much because we were only worried about getting to the bull riding on time.
We got there in good time but it cost us about $300 to go 80 miles.
I had a really good bull drawn at the Xtreme Bulls (Flying U Rodeo's Sky Walker). He turned back right and I was riding pretty good then, he jumped forward and bucked me off. I was disappointed, but the good Lord blessed me by giving me another opportunity to get on another one.
We were supposed to leave right after the bull riding was over and head back to Texas, but because my truck was broke, we weren't able to. That meant I had to fly. I really don't like to fly. I never have. My mom doesn't understand how I'll ride any bull any day, but don't like to get on an airplane.
The plan was that I was going to fly back to Houston with Clayton and leave my truck with B-Rad (Brad Knowles) to get it fixed and then he would drive it home. We had an early flight that was going to leave at 6:15 a.m., so we didn't get very much sleep. We got to the airport and got checked in and were waiting on the plane. They came over the speakers and said our flight had been cancelled and we were going to have to wait there for three more hours to get on a different flight, which would go to Denver and then to Houston.
The problem was that Clayton was up at a rodeo in Lufkin, Texas, that night. The rodeo started at 7 p.m. and we didn't get to Houston until 6:45 p.m. A buddy of ours, Cole Echols, picked us up at the airport and we drove about 100 mph to get there on time. We made it to Lufkin on time, but man, it was a long day.
The next day, Saturday, we went to a CBR bull riding in College Station, Texas. I scored a 90-point ride and was pretty happy about that. On Sunday, we hauled some bulls to a bull riding by Clayton's house and we helped buck some young bulls there. I got home Sunday night, and through Wednesday I worked around the house and at my Dad's arena. I am having a bull riding on May 26-27 so for the next few weeks I will be working on getting that ready.
Thursday, I went to Beaumont, Texas to the PRCA rodeo there. I was an 82 on a really good bull and was very happy with the way I rode. I am just going to keep having fun and riding with the talent the good Lord gave me.
Until next time, God Bless.
In 2005, Matt Austin shattered the PRCA record for highest single-season earnings with $320,766, surpassing Ty Murray's record of $297,896 set in 1993. Austin not only won the College National Finals Rodeo and the Xtreme Bulls title last year, but also earned his first bull riding world championship and Wrangler NFR average title. Nicknamed "Poindexter" by Donnie Gay, Austin lives in Wills Point, Texas.
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Busted fuel lines and extra gas money don't bother Matt Austin. Neither do rank bulls or pressure to repeat. But tell him he's got to catch a ride on a plane and another side of the world champ emerges.