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It took a move from the country NSW town of Gunnedah to the United States to turn young Aussie Chloe Cox into a rodeo star making her mark on the international circuit.
All that changed when the family upped sticks in 2009 to Pennsylvania so her brother could race dirt cars. A year later they shifted to North Carolina to pursue NASCAR.
Chloe was just 9 when she came to the US, and although it was exciting, it was also a nerve wracking prospect.
“We started coming over here in 2005, so it was nothing new, but I did not like the thought of leaving all of my family and friends,” Chloe, 18, told Bright Lights of America.
Last year she competed in 17 US states as well as in Canada, giving her a chance to catch up with other Aussie rodeoers.
For Chloe there’s no question about where her heart lies. Despite having spent half her life in the US, she still sees herself as an Australian.
“I will never lose my love for Australia and wish I could move back right now, but sometimes other things get in the way. I actually get offended when people say I’m practically American now.”
“I plan on moving back to Australia, but I am not sure when. The rodeo world is completely different in Australia than it is here, so I would like to accomplish my rodeo goals before heading home.”
So what’s next for the burgeoning rodeo queen? It’s not quite what you’d think.
“I plan on attending Southern Arkansas University in the fall of 2018. I will be receiving my BSN(nursing) so I can pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA),” she said.
“The nursing side of it will just help me receive patient care hours before applying to a PA school. I plan to continue rodeoing for the next four to five years and then take two years off to complete PA school and then start rodeoing again.”
Even though she admits to feeling pangs of homesickness, Chloe isn’t sorry that her family moved to the US.
“Moving to the US has been a great experience and has opened many doors for me, but I will always miss home. Australia is a beautiful country and nothing compares to it.”
You can follow Chloe’s rodeo career and wish her luck on her Facebook Page.