Lawrence champ good with a horse, rope



RODEOS might not be the first choice of sport for most, but Lawrence cowboy John Want is certainly shaping up in tough competition.

The 18-year-old would not say it, but as a National Rodeo Association junior cattle rope and tie champion four times in five years, John is one of the stars of the rodeo circuit.

A former Maclean High School student, and now a third year carpentery apprentice, John has been competing since the age of 12.

"I've always rode in pony clubs and had heaps to do with horses," he said.

For him, rodeos seemed a natural progression.

"My uncle has always done them, so I sort of followed his lead. I just love doing them."

And while he's always happy to be home competing in front of a local crowd ? he competes nearly every weekend in Queensland ? it can be a bit of a burden.

"Everyone's expecting you to go well, so you do feel the pressure a bit," he said.

* John's event was cancelled for lack of entries.



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