John Davis a force to be reckoned with on the Rodeo circuit

By Wikitōria Day

John Davis of Ngāti Raukawa has been a part of the rodeo scene for 35 Years. He was a part of the Rerewhakaaitu rodeo that took place last week just after Christmas and then headed to Ōpōtiki where he faced other talented Māori riders.

He has attended many rodeo in his time and is one of the most experienced riders at the Ōpōtiki rodeo.

John Davis says, "I started when I was 14 years old and can't stop I'm afraid until I break or whatever."

He has had the privilege of riding alongside the likes of the famous Māori rodeo whānau, the Church's and it's because of experiences such as this that made him love the sport.

"It's the challenge to me. When that gate opens you don't know what's going to happen and that's sort of the exciting part of it you don't know what's gonna go down and that's the draw card for me"

Despite his many travels around New Zealand and the world, he is always being drawn back to the Bay of Plenty, to the Opotiki rodeo.

"That's our Christmas holidays we go to the rodeos, travel the circuit around the country starting in Gisborne and come back to Opotiki. I've been coming here for over 30 years."

Just like most families here, rodeo runs through their blood, and Davis's passion for the sport rubbed off onto his own children.

"I've got two sons riding and my daughter rides and we train them up from babies it's sort of pretty hard for them not to be cowboys but they love it and do it all the time."

He won't be giving up this sport anytime soon. He will also be taking part in this week's rodeo and we will no doubt continue to see him achieve in the near future.