Seven Central Queensland cowboys are in the top 15
IF ALL-around standings determine the strongest rodeo region in the state, Central Queensland certainly wins hands down.
After the first half of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) season, seven Central Queensland cowboys are in the top 15 in all-around standings along with two with a strong association with the region.
Two all-around champions down the years, Shane Iker from Alton Downs and Shane Kenny from Emerald, are at the top of the standings.
Yeppoon cowboy Errol Frain is fourth after a strong start to the season in steer wrestling.
Emerald pair Dale Caban and Kacey Kenny are 9th and 10th in the standings with Brody Moss (Emerald) 13th and Jordan Iker (Alton Downs) 15th.
Campbell Hodson calls Townsville home but has spent a lot of time learning the ropes in timed events from the best in the business, Shane Kenny, a rider who won four events at this year's championships.
Dale Caban's brother Troy hails from Moree in New South Wales and is in 12th place to be the second family member in the top 15.
Such is the family success in Queensland rodeo that there are two sets of brothers, the Kenny and Caban siblings, and a father and son, Shane and Jordan Iker, in the top 15 all-around.
Most of the CQ riders in the top 15 will be at Alton Downs on December 31-January 1 for the double dip, two rodeos on two days.
There will also be plenty of Queensland riders on the road to the southern states for the start of the Christmas Run on December 26 at Myrtleford in Victoria, one of seven rodeos in the four southern states in a two-week period.