Australian Champion All ’Round cowboy Mark Knox (right) in the team roping with Brendan Kenny from Emerald at the National Finals Rodeo on the Gold Coast last week.
Australian Champion All ’Round cowboy Mark Knox (right) in the team roping with Brendan Kenny from Emerald at the National Finals Rodeo on the Gold Coast last week. Supplied

Shane has 'bulls of steel'

RODEO: It takes ‘bulls’ of steel to come up against Emerald’s All ‘Round Pro Tour champion Shane Kenny.

The 35-year-old mounted his horse for the 22nd consecutive year at the National Finals Rodeo at the Gold Coast last week.

Kenny, who has a swag of championships under his belt since he started competing when he was 13, stepped up in the team roping and steer wrestling but pushed through in his top event and claimed the rope and tie.

But despite his win Kenny said it was “no walk in the park”.

“None of the events are easy, some can be harder on the body but they are all as difficult as the next,” Kenny said.

“If you don’t win the first round it can be a difficult struggle to get your spirit back up.”

Although Kenny took out the rope and tie he still admitted he could have done better with his other events.

“I did well in the couple of rounds, but sadly couldn’t make it all the way, I worked hard obviously just not hard enough.”

Kenny, who won his first championship at 17, said it only gets more difficult with age but he still doesn’t want to give in.

“I will definitely want to go back, I mean this was the 22nd time I have been,” he said.

“But what some people don’t understand is how difficult it is to actually make it, they read how many times I have made it and presume it was easy – it gets worse with age trust me.

“But no matter how many times I have gone to the nationals I will always want to go back, the atmosphere in the Gold Coast is great.”

Kenny also competed in the nationals alongside his wife, Leanne, and brother, Kacey.

“It is always good to compete with the wife, she is always there for me in the ups and downs and vice versa,” he said.



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