Nine-year-old is a world champion bull rider

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LANE, Okla. (KXII) -- Texoma is home to a world champion bull rider and he's only nine years old. Tucker Willis is a third grader at Lane Public School, in Oklahoma, but he's also a world champion.

"It was awesome," Tucker said.

Tucker loves all things rodeo. He rides bareback, ropes, runs barrels and ties goats, but he just recently took home the world title in his age group for miniature bull riding at the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

"It was just exciting," Tucker said.

Tucker got on his first bull when he was 5-years-old.

"My family, we just grew up rodeoing. I started when I was young," Tucker's dad, RD Willis, said.

"And so I just thought I might want to do it," Tucker said.

At 9-years-old, he has won more than 40 buckles and titles in rodeos all over the nation.

"To do that in four years, it's humbling to me and everybody else," RD said.

A normal week for the Willis Family looks like this:

"Mondays are our off day, Tuesdays arena, Wednesday nights is church and Thursday we're in the arena and we usually leave on a Friday and we rodeo from Friday to Sunday," RD said.

His parents said church and school are their top priorities, but Tucker spends the rest of his free time training at their family's arena, just a few miles from his house.

"It's nothing for him to get out of school, go home, he does his homework as soon as he gets home, and then we come down here and practice for three hours," RD said.

"Before I get on each bull, we pray," Tucker said.

Even though he's only 9 years old, Tucker has big dreams, and his family said they will always be right by his side, cheering him on.

"We are very humble people and grateful for everything he has been able to do," RD said. "We keep him humble and he stays humble."

"I'm very thankful for it," Tucker said.

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