Macaulie is released from the chute at the world championships.
Macaulie is released from the chute at the world championships. Kierce Photography GLA130818TEXA

Calliope teen wins buckle in Texas for brilliant bull riding

BULL RIDING: The Gladstone region is once again on the world stage and has produced yet another world champion.

Calliope's Macaulie Leather, 17, rode to the title of the best young bull rider in the planet after he won the 11th Annual Youth Bull Riders World Finals in Texas.

He took top spot in the Open Bulls which is the highest category in the under-21 age bracket and he edged out fellow Australian rider Ky Hamilton by just two points.

And his older brother Elijah claimed a top-10 berth with a seventh place.

Rodeo - Elijah Leather competing in the Rookie Bull Ride at the Mount Morgan Rodeo.
Elijah Leather competing in the Rookie Bull Ride at the Mount Morgan Rodeo back in May and he finished seventh in the world in Texas just recently. Chris Ison ROK060518crodeo13

"It didn't really sink in straight up for a few days, but it's a pretty good feeling," a modest and quietly-spoken Macaulie said.

Consistency and to maintain points was key to the outcome, and the brothers' success would not have been made possible without sponsor Greg Lucas.

"Just mainly to cover your bulls, get everything rode and keep the points to stay on top of the ladder," he said.

Macaulie explained that the championships went for four days with one round per day.

"They had the short round, which is the final round on the fourth day," he said.

Before the final, Macaulie was not placed first and he had to do most things right to take top spot.

"I was sitting in second going into the finals and just had to ride my bull to go past old mate in front and he was another Australian in our team Ky Hamilton," Macaulie said.

Macaulie took on the best riders that Mexico, Brazil, Canada and other countries had to offer.

"In the finals they only take the top 15," he said.

The Texan experience was his first of such type and all the local association finals have stood him in great stead for the 'Big Show' in the US.

"It's definitely one of the biggest achievements that I've made," Macaulie said.

The youngster had to compete in Rockhampton as part of the process to get a crack in Texas.

"The Great Western Hotel have a series and Colin Bowden, the fella who owns it, has made great connections with Mike, who runs the world finals," Macaulie said.

"If you win the champion or reserve champion at the end of the year then you qualify to go to the world finals."

Macaulie and Elijah are two of 11 siblings and he said both brothers help each other out as best they can.

"I try to and we just have a joke around, but we try and get down to business at the end of the day," Macaulie said.

"If you make it into the top 10 in the world is a big accomplishment and he was very happy with it."

Macaulie has plied his trade with some experienced mentors.

"I have been practising at Peter Wallace's place on his bulls and Gary Ashe...they have helped us out the most," he said.