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Nebo bronc rider now a world champion

FINE STYLE: Sam Terry, who recently became the first Australian to win the Saddle Bronc Title for at the National High School Finals Association, is pictured riding in a previous event.
FINE STYLE: Sam Terry, who recently became the first Australian to win the Saddle Bronc Title for at the National High School Finals Association, is pictured riding in a previous event. Contributed

HE'S only been bronc riding for four years, but Nebo's Sam Terry is already a world champion.

This week the 19-year-old returned from the United States where he became the first Australian to win the Saddle Bronc Title at the National High School Finals Association.

He was crowned the under 21 national champion, making him the top competitor in the 16-21 years bracket.

But international success wasn't the only reason for Sam to celebrate.

Following his win he got down on one knee and asked his girlfriend, Kate Woodhouse, to marry him.

The teenager is an apprentice diesel fitter for MacMahons in Nebo, where he lives on a 50-acre holding on the outskirts of town.

To qualify for the world stage he competed in a range of local rodeos that were associated with the AHSRA to get points for the Australian Finals, a national competition where he placed second overall.

It's not the first time the Central Queensland competitor has stood on the podium.

His past wins also include the Australian Rookie Title at the 2013 Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) and the North Queensland zone Open and Rookie Title 2013, also at the ABCRA.

He also won Junior Titles at the ABCRA and the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association (CRCA) in 2012 and a Junior Saddle Bronc Title at the 2011 CRCA.

"I love the adrenalin rush when stepping onto a bronc in the chutes and when they open the gate," he said.

"It's a social sport which allows you to compete in many associations, with multiple chances to win a title," he said.

In the United States teams came from Australia, Canada and every state in America, including Hawaii.

He made the trip thanks to the Nebo Bushman's Carnival, which sponsored him to assist with travel.

After the finals, which were held in Rock Springs, Wyoming, they travelled to the state capital Cheyenne for the world's biggest outdoor rodeo, Frontier Days.

"It is one of my dreams to eventually compete against the best in the worlds at Cheyenne," he said.

Cheyenne is also where Sam asked Kate to marry him.

"We met at the Bowen River Rodeo when we were kids, and I've always loved Kate," Sam said of his new fiancee. "She's the most caring girl I know."

Topics:  rodeo