Plucky: Little Royce Gill, from New South Wales, Australia, is competing against riders seven times his age in the rough and tough sport of barrel racing. Pictured here with his pony Maybelline
Ridin' high: It is perhaps no surprise the young cowboy has taken to the sport of barrel racing as he is the seventh-generation rodeo rider in his family.
Rodeo kid: Royce competed in his first competition against under 18s last week at the Beaudesert Rodeo and although he failed to win a place he has plenty of time to catch up with his much older compatriots
Like father, like son: Royce Gill is following in the footsteps of his father Ryan who is a champion rodeo rider
Ride 'em cowboy: Ryan Gill who lives on a 3000-acre property in the countryside said he would help his son progress on to bigger calves and ponies as he grew
On his way: Royce is due to compete against people more than seven times his age at barrel racing competitions in Charleville, Mount Isa, Chinchilla, Bundaberg, Maleny, Bowen and Cloncurry