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07/11/08 - Tyler

Young Rodeo Roper Needs Your Help To Win TV Contest

A little east Texas cowboy is in the running to be one of America's 'Most Talented Kids' by the Cartoon Network.

In a nationally-televised competition, the Cartoon Network picks 20 kids from all across the country with a variety of talents.

And, making east Texas proud is a Bullard boy who loves to rodeo who made the cut.

KLTV 7's Courtney Lane went to see what this roper is made of, and tells us how he needs your votes to tie-down the competition.


Since his dad was a bull-rider, Cole Wheeler grew up around rodeos. About 4 years ago, he found his passion in roping.

"Really, I watched the NFR one year and I hadn't been riding horses at all. I watched those calf ropers and team ropers and it just blew me away how good they were, and I wanted to be like them."

And at just 13, he's not slowing down till he catches that dream.

"Most people, they just practice 2, 3 days a week. That's not good enough. You got to practice every day. You have to want this."

Now, he's in the running in Cartoon Network's "Props Kids," a talent competition.

"A guy up in Marshall, he nominated me for the show and it's just been a blessing."

It showcases a variety of skills from all over America, but the top finalists are chosen by you, and it takes just a quick click online to vote for your favorite kid.

"I know it's pretty close, you know, there's 20 talented kids," said Nicky Wheeler, Cole's dad.

The Cartoon Network says Cole's ambition, coupled with his silly side, made for the perfect "Props Kid."

"One of the reasons they put me on the Cartoon Network...[is] because I said 'I'm the love doctor' with my roping and they said that's what really got me on there - that, with my roping.

But this love doctor, and internet star, still needs your votes.

"Please vote for me, I really need this."

Cole says the top six finalists will be featured in an hour-long episode on the Cartoon Network.

To vote for Cole, click here.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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