Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Entrepreneur's Invention Could Be a World First

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Entrepreneur's Invention Could Be a World First

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Byline: Leighton Smith

STEVE Moody had the perfect invention but lacked the support to turn it into reality until an email to his inbox changed everything.

A fitter and turner by trade, Mr Moody, 37, has lived in Rockhampton for the past 13 years with his wife and three children, has always been good with his hands and has had a fascinating career working with animals.

One day he hit upon a way of transforming these skills and knowledge into a horse catching device called "Handy Catch" that is poised to explode on Australian and international markets.

Mr Moody's road to developing the invention started in Gympie, when at the age of 14, he rode his first bull and "it stuck".

His passion for being on the back of a bucking bovine was transferred to staring one down as a protection rodeo and comedy clown which took him around Australia and the world.

It was his unique "speciality act" (that Mr Moody believes no one else had replicated), that earned him significant audience adulation during his clowning career.

"I've got a set of stilts and my feet would be 5ft off the ground and my crutch is 9ft off the ground and a bull will come running at me," Mr Moody said.

"A 100 per cent of the time, a bull will close its eyes and drop its head before it hits something.

"When it closes its eyes, that's my opportunity to spread the stilts and he just runs between my legs and out he goes."

Nowadays, Mr Moody is studying to be a manual arts teacher while also busying himself mustering cattle and helping to organise rodeos like the highly successful event held at the Caves in September - where he demonstrated his "speciality act".

"It's been 23 years that I've been in the game and I've trained numbers of horses, dogs and even show cattle," he said.

"I just developed this idea around my experience of handling animals and combine my engineering background into a simple idea that just really works. …

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