He went to work in Australia and became a sports star

He went to work in Australia and became a sports star

This is Ricardo Masola, who in addition to working in the farm market, competes in the Rodeo Championship.

Ricardo "Rick" Masola is an agronomist and in his spare time shines on the Australian Rodeo
Ricardo “Rick” Masola is an agronomist and in his spare time shines on the Australian Rodeo

“The love of horses and the countryside always clings to my veins and fills my heart.” The words belong to Ricardo “Ricky” Masola, an agricultural engineer who traveled to Australia in 2016 and decided to expand the boundaries of his profession. A Pehuajo resident, his grandparents, and his father relocated to rural riding. “Since childhood we went to work with my father and There were dressing festivals in those days He took us to Rodeo in neighboring towns. ” Report from Australia from Massola ᲔᲠᲘ.

One day, after graduating from high school, He wanted to stop the audience to encourage him to become a hero and take a walk on Rodeo Square. He no longer wanted to move. When he turned 18, he moved to Buenos Aires to study agronomy at UBA. Rodeos have become a classic of his college years.

However, despite his happiness, he promised his mother that he would stop riding after finishing his studies. “I was injured more than seven times and my mother got sick every time she was severely beaten,” he described.

Since mid-2016, Masola has been integrating cattle riding in Rodeo in Australia
Since mid-2016, Masola has been integrating cattle riding in Rodeo in Australia

Already an agricultural engineer, Decided to complete his postgraduate studies in agro-food economics. In addition to continuing to gain knowledge, he considered that “it was an excellent excuse to continue riding.” Towards the end, a call from the University of Monticello in Arkansas, USA, where they were offered a scholarship in exchange for representing this educational institution at Rodeo University, made him think about his future.

Before he decided on this opportunity, a friend from Thailand told him Australia was looking for young professionals to work in animal husbandry and it seemed like a more interesting proposition than one from Arkansas. In August 2016, with a work visa, a bag and a desire to study, he traveled to the other side of the world. Their first stop was in Clermont, Queensland, to work for the Signature Beef Feedlot, where they did a full cycle: breeding, feeding, slaughtering and exporting under their own brand.

There the desire to socialize with the locals again led to horses. One weekend he visited a website and registered for a rodeo competition near his hometown.

Masola in full action in the Australian arena

“I was just impudent, without skinny jeans and only wanted to wear it. Other assemblers borrowed it from me, but when I finished, one of them approached me and told me that if I wanted to continue this work, I would have to build my own Rodeo equipment. I just bought everything there “He said.

Unlike the Argentine Rodeo, Krina, Southern Gurupa, or Rough and Countertops where the rider gathers the horse, In the American or Australian rodeo the animal wears a belt on the fences and catches the rider only with a rope tied to the bump and in the air with his free hand, without being punished with a whip, trying not to fall.

Since then Masola’s days have turned into a passion again: “I found the social clicks I needed. “Rodeo gave me a hint of adrenaline over the weekend, which I lacked,” he said. New labor proposals also appeared. In October 2017, Bindaree Food Group Corporation called on him to work on new 20,000-person goods. He moved to North Star, a small town of less than 60 people in New South Wales. In three years he trained and gained three promotions.

Some other time.  In Argentina, Masola Rodeo Square
Some other time. In Argentina, Masola Rodeo Square

His professionalism has also grown on the Rodeo side. In 2018, he signed up to compete in the National Championship of this sport, Where he added points to each table in the national table. “I reached the final in 2019 and was in the eighth place. “I am close to entering again this year,” he said..

In August 2019, he decided to take Lucilla Aleman, his girlfriend, who was in Argentina, to start living together. In the midst of the pandemic, he was trying to go one step further and continue to grow in more commercial areas.

“I wanted to dedicate myself to the analysis and commercialization of the meat market business, but because of Covid-19, the company where I worked lost a lot of clients, they stopped processing meat for them and started just slaughtering services. “My place was no more,” he said.

With a new proposal from AAM Investment Group, In December last year, they moved to Rockhampton, Queensland. It matched him perfectly: personal growth, a larger city of 100,000 people, and above all, a rodeo.

Currently, It operates in the local Hacienda market, about a 15-minute drive from the city center. The farm has about 80 acres and an auction of 3,500 souls once a week. Unlike the Mercado de Liniers in Argentina, other services are offered, such as ranch bathing, vaccination, weighing, and temporary feeding of animals from north to south. You will soon have a boss.

Farm Market in Rockhampton, Queensland.  The property is 80 acres and has an auction with about 3500 heads, once a week.
Farm Market in Rockhampton, Queensland. The property is 80 acres and has an auction with about 3500 heads, once a week.

“In Australia, in different cities of each state, work is done one day a week. So there is no concentration on prices. The general average is made above the regional market average. details.

Once he arrived, opportunities arose for the young engineer. And slowly the desire to stay arose and the drive to a new world began. “Every day that passes, I distance myself from my origin and feel further away from returning. “People have to be plastic and adapt to the challenges that life presents to them,” he concluded.

This note was originally published on July 8, 2021

Source: La Nacion

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