He was one of the best in the business at local rodeos now Cloncurry's Luke Chaplain is making waves overseas.
After winning numerous saddle bronc titles at Mount Isa, Cloncurry and other rodeos across the North West Chaplain, 29 headed off to North America in August to further his career.
Now he has a new buckle after winning the rodeo at the Festival Western de Saint-Tite in Quebec in Canada.
Saint-Tite is reckoned to be one of the best outdoor rodeos in Canada with a week-long festival which attracts half a million visitors a year and the whole town dresses up in western style.
Chaplain described the rodeo atmosphere as electric and he matched the occasion with his own performance.
After winning in the first of three performances Chaplain qualified for the final which he took out with an 82-point ride wearing a shirt that reminded him of home.
"An amazing experience. That was easily the most fun, energetic, crazy rodeo I've been to," Chaplain said.
"I was lucky enough to win with an 82 in the final wearing my Quamby shirt."
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