Joshua wants even more belt buckles



EMERALD'S Joshua Stacey is getting some top results for some serious effort.

Joshua, 10, is the CRCA (Central Rodeo Cowboys Association) under-11 poddy champion after claiming the title in Townsville last Saturday.

He was also in line for the under-14 crown when he tied with a Townsville competitor.

A toss of the coin decided the title. Joshua called heads and tails won.

This sport looks tough, but ask Joshua what's hard about it ? "basically nothing''.

Last year was Joshua's first serious assault on the CRCA circuit.

His mum Rhonda Stacey said before that they just used to throw him on a calf.

Now it's a life on the road.

Destinations included Capella, Blackwater, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mt Isa and Normanton.

"It's good to go to other places ? and I don't have to drive,'' Joshua said.

Rhonda can only recall about three weekends at home last year.

Rodeos run in this family's blood.

Joshua's brother John competes in the junior bull ride and his cousin Dallas McNamara, also of Emerald, was last year's CRCA saddlebronc rookie champion.

The majority of the region's rodeo competitors are now on a well-earned break, but Joshua hopes to be back in the arena in Blackwater next month.



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