Sally's on the way to a Rodeo world championship
SALLY Malay hopes to return to the Kimberley region of Western Australia one day to encourage more Aboriginal kids to try rodeo.
But first he wants to win a world championship in a sport he loves.
After being born in Derby, he lived in the Kimberleys before a phone call to Andrew McQualter-Whyte.
"Andrew was doing a lot with the juniors at Yarrawonga and I asked if I could come over," Sally said.
"A month later, I was on the plane and a week after that competed in my first rodeo."
Four years later, Sally, 16, is attending Yarrawonga High School, and competing in as many rodeos as possible.
He was at his second Warwick Rodeo at the weekend and competed in the roping on Thursday and then in the barrel race and rough stock events.
Sally was second in the junior barrel race at the weekend in a time of 17.562.
Last season, he was runner up for Australian Professional Rodeo Association junior high point cowboy behind Stuart McGuire-Spalding, a grandson of Jim McGuire, a crowd favourite at Warwick Rodeos for many years.
"I want to win a world title and go back to the schools in the Kimberleys, talk about rodeo and inspire fellow Aborigines to compete in the sport."
His parents have now moved from the west to Yarrawonga in Victoria.
Sally has no intention of sticking to one end of the arena, he enjoys rough stock and timed events.
His cousin Jake Malay-Murphy, 16, has also moved from Western Australia to the eastern states and was second in the second-division bareback bronc ride at Warwick with a two-round score of 127 and second in the steer ride. Like Sally, he also competed in roping and also wants to win a world title.
"My best event is the bareback," Jake said.
Both riders from Western Australia compete in junior events in the APRA and have the chance to vie for titles in junior steer ride, roping and the barrel race as well as the cowboy high point buckle.