Gympie teenager Lachlan Coleman has bucked his way into the United States of America to be named among the world’s best rodeo riders.

Key points:

  • Lachlan Coleman finished among the best young riders in the world in Las Vegas
  • The 18-year-old says he is adjusting to life in the US 
  • Coleman wants to be among the best riders in the world within the next five years

Coleman finished eighth overall in the saddle bronc riding category at the junior world finals in Las Vegas over the weekend.

“I spoke to my parents after I rode to let them know how I went and they were proud,” he said.

The 18-year-old has been living in the US since August after receiving a rodeo scholarship to attend Odessa College in Texas.

He was the only Australian competing in the novice category, and it was his first ride in the entertainment capital of the world.

Coleman says he has room for improvement.

“There was around 20 of us all up competing,” he said.

Teenager stand in the middle of the rodeo arena holding Australian flag

Coleman is working towards riding in the National Finals Rodeo.(Supplied: Lachlan Coleman)

“I’ve got some old travelling buddies back home that I talk to every day and send them videos of the rides.

“They’re pretty proud also.”

Coleman was born in Gympie, grew up in Woolooga and attended Gympie State High School.

As part of his scholarship, he is required to enrol in a degree and attend class.

“I’m currently doing a welding degree and it’s not too bad,” he said.

“I’m passing all my classes, so that’s always a good thing.”

Life in the US

Coleman has been taking in the American culture since his arrival and admits he has encountered a few hurdles.

Teenage boy riding a full sized bucking broncos at rodeo grounds

Lachlan Coleman was the only Australian competing in his category in Las Vegas.(Supplied: Lachlan Coleman)

“The fast food isn’t too bad.

“[We are] heading into winter [and] I’m pretty keen to go spend a few weeks in the snow.

“I was thinking about maybe going to Disneyland. I’ve been to Six Flags, which is between Fort Worth and Dallas, and my buddies and I went on the rollercoasters because I have never been on one of those before.”

Coleman has set his sights on having a long and successful career which starts by chasing the pro-circuit in the summer.

“Over the next five years I definitely want to be hitting the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and qualifying to go there with the top 15 in the world.

“That’s definitely where I want to be in the next five years.”

Gympie teenager bucks his way into top 10
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