This ‘little big-man’ rodeo rider has caused a big stir in the gritty world of barrel racing.
The two 1/2 year old, Royce Gill, from Upper Horton in western New South Wales, Australia should be kicking up tantrums, but instead he is kicking up the dust on his six-year-old pony, Maybelline.
Even though Royce is still wearing diapers, it is no surprise that this young cowboy has taken to the sport of racing barrels at high-speeds. He is the seventh-generation rodeo rider in his family.
Royce entered his first competition at the Beaudesert Rodeo in the ‘18 year and under’ classification. Even though he did not win any ribbons in his first try, he has plenty of time to catch up with the much older competition.
His father, Ryan Gill, says his son was born with the passion, ‘I just sit him on and he wants to stay there.’
Mr. Gill, who lives in the country on a 3000-acre property, states that he will help his son move on to bigger calves and ponies as he grows up.
In the meantime, the pint-sized rodeo rider has a busy schedule. Royce will continue to compete in barrel racing against riders more than seven times his age.
Like father, like son, Royce Gill is sure to follow in the footsteps of his father Ryan who is a champion rodeo rider
Re-written from News Sources
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