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AT JUST 14 years old, Alex Creevey is living his rodeo dream, returning home from his international debut ranked 13th in the world.
Originally from Augathella, the Roma cowboy’s first trip overseas will be one to remember, returning home from Las Vegas with a brand new belt buckle.
Alex secured himself a place at the PBR World Championships in the senior mini bulls division after topping the leaderboard in the Australian Back to Roots rodeo series.
In Vegas, Alex was the only Australian in a field of about 38 riders, taking out the round one qualifier and averaging third overall after three rounds.
The experience was a dream come true for the young cowboy who set his sights on the American ride since starting four years ago.
“It was pretty amazing just to be over there but winning the buckle was the best bit,” he said.
“I’d like to thank everyone mum and dad and all my supporters and sponsors, and all my mates for getting me over there.”
Alex was accompanied overseas by his mum Lisa, dad Damien and older brother Cameron, who proudly watched on from the stadium.
“We were all very proud of him, he always puts in 100 per cent,” Mrs Creevey said.
“You can only hope it goes their way once they’re on the bull, it doesn’t always go your way, but he has done really well.”
Mrs Creevey said it was special for Alex to meet some of his bull riding idols while in America, including Lane Mellers from Mundubbera.
“Lane was riding in Velocity finals so he came and helped the boys get on their bulls each day which was a huge effort from him and it was good for the boys because they look up to them,” she said.
“Having Lane there was probably a nice relaxation to help Alex get on the bull.”
After getting a taste of the American rodeo scene Alex has set his sights to qualifying again this year.
“He’s got a goal to go back over a couple of times next year,” Mrs Creevey said.
“He’s definitely looking at going back over there and hoping by the time he’s 18 he’ll be over there riding quite a bit.”
The Creevey family said they were grateful for the huge support Alex had received from the community in getting him overseas.
“All the sponsorship Alex received to go over there was a huge help and we couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.
“A huge big credit to Adrian Roots with his Back to Roots program, he’s done an amazing job to help the kids get over there as well.”
Over the next few months, Alex plans to concentrate on his style and will ride in the
CRCA summer series throughout December and January.
In May next year, Alex will take on his American competition on Aussie soil as they visit for the Back to Roots mini bull international championships in Rockhampton.
IN FINE FORM: Alex Creevey has returned to Roma ranked 13th in the world after a stellar performance at the PBR World Championships in Las Vegas.