Rodeo newcomer rides his first PBR event at home

Will Irle

By Kathryn Penrose/


Anticipation, excitement, nerves and determination are all  part of rodeo. Will Irle, gonzales native and PBR newcomer said he felt all of those emotions on Saturday night, at Gonzales PBR, as he prepared to come out of the chute for his first ever PBR ride.
Irle did not fare well, Saturday night. He was up against two high-bucking bulls, Poker Chip and Bryan, but he said he was ready for the event and  glad to be on the bulls in his hometown, riding in front of his family and friends.
“I’m just a little bruised,” Irle said. “I was not on but a short time before I got bucked, but I am excited have been a part of the event and especially to be riding in my hometown. It was good to look in the stands and see so many familiar faces and know they were supporting me.”
Irle said although the rides were rough, his excitement to ride in Gonzales superseded most of his nervous feelings.
“It felt great,” Irle said. Just the opportunity to ride in a PBR event with professional bull riders was amazing.”
“I hoped to stay on a little longer,” Irle said. “I underestimated the bulls.”
Irle, now 26, got into bull riding a little later than his rodeo friends. He said good advice has gotten him a long ways. Saturday night at PBR Gonzales, Irle got some pre-ride advice from Renato Nunez, who would go on to win the night’s event after two solid rides.
“He told me ‘Hold on and don’t worry about anything else; just worry about riding the bull’.” Irle said.
Irle has just become regular rider in Cuero and in Bulverde. He will ride this coming weekend in Cuero at the Lester Meier Rodeo.
Irle said he has no plans to stop riding any time soon. He hopes to be a part of more PBR events and to ride in Gonzales again.
“Bull riding is a lot of fun, keeps me motivated and I like that,” he said. I am going to stick with it as long as I can.”

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