TAROOM boy Maddix Lovett recently competed in Tennessee in the 2017 National Junior High Finals Rodeo.
Along with 150 other young cowboys, Maddix competed in the boys' breakaway, where he made it in the top 10, coming seventh in the world.
"I was just so happy, I had made the top 20 in the finals as number 19 so I just got in,” he said.
The Taroom State School student competed in four events - breakaway, team roping and two American events, ribbon roping and goat roping.
"Breakaway and team roping are my main events I wanted to do my best in,” Maddix said.
For his win, Maddix received a buckle and moneytowards a scholarship for a college in the US for when he finishes school.
At just 14, it was Maddix's second time competing in the US.
"There were some friends that I made last year that were there again and I got tocatch up with them,” he said.
"It is very different from Australia.”
Maddix said he practised a lot and received help from some friends.
"My step-father helps me a lot and Ty Granger used to help me when I was little and Shane Kenny as well,” he said.
Riding since he was young, Maddix said he loved rodeos.
"It is really fun, lots of experiences and it's exciting,” he said.
"I get to travel to heaps ofdifferent places and seeheaps of different people.”
Maddix hoped to return to the US again next year, where he will step up to the next age group.
"It will be a bit tougher but hopefully I will make it,” he said.
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