A boy from a family of self-described cowboys and cowgirls in Prince George’s County, Maryland, won the junior world bull riding championship in his division last month.
Nic Jackson isn't a household name, but he's a rising star. The fifth-generation cowboy started riding nationally and internationally two years ago and brought home the world championship in December at 12 years old.
“Winning the world championship has made people know who I am,” he said on a video call from home, wearing a cowboy hat.
Video footage shows him hanging on to the huge animals as they try to throw him off.
His parents recently drove six hours so he could practice on a live bull for the championship.
“No one expected this kid from Maryland to perform the way that he did, and I just hope that it lights a fire in other kids,” said Nic’s mother, Robyn Jackson.
Nic’s family has deep Maryland roots and six horses at home. They’ve all been amazed by Nic's success.
“Locally, regionally and statewide, Nic began to win everything,” his father said.
When asked what message he has for others, Nic said this: “Bull riders can look just like me.”
His next competition is in February.