A world championship win in the United States has scored Colac’s Ryan Nowell an invitation to compete in the world’s biggest rodeo.
Ryan, 12, and his father Graham have returned from a month-long trip to Missouri and Texas, where Ryan took out the Young Guns section for 7-to-12-year-old riders at the Extreme Cowboy Association’s World Championship.
Ryan, who has only been competing in Extreme Cowboy racing for two years, also placed fourth in the International section against senior riders, finishing ahead of Graham who came seventh.
Extreme Cowboy riders must navigate their way through an obstacle course, with judges assessing their ride, which is also timed.
Mr Nowell said his son defied the odds to win the world junior title.
“The comments he was getting; ‘oh you’re an Aussie on a borrowed horse, you won’t do any good’, but after his first ride, everybody was talking about this Aussie kid,” he said.
“He was the talk of the week.
“He was the first ever international rider to win a world championship in that sport, Americans and Canadians usually win it, it’s only relatively new out here, it’s only been going out here for about four years.”
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