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The 17-year-old rider from Pius is shining in the United States

The 17-year-old rider from Pius is shining in the United States

Oceane Veilleux, a young 17-year-old rider from Saint-Alfred en Beauce, stands alone in the United States, where he participated in one of the largest rodeos in the world.

Ocean started riding at a very young age. Over the years, he has traveled throughout Quebec and Canada to participate in dozens of equestrian events.

Today, this young athlete spends his summers on the amateur circuit in the United States and eventually becomes a professional.

Last week, he participated in the giant annual event “The American Rodeo” at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

With a presence of 60,000, he competed against the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world to finally finish 7th in the barrel racing event.

It was an incredible achievement because, for her, being in the top 10 was unexpected.

In an interview, she admitted that the purpose of this rodeo was to make her a little nervous before taking off.

“I tried to be quiet because I knew how people who were going to see me were going to be (…) and it was broadcast on TV and people all over the world were watching me,” he said.

However, once the match was over, the tension quickly led to excitement.

“It’s not a feeling I can explain. It was so amazing, I never thought I would have done it because I ran against the best in the world. My dream is to one day race against these best,” he said.