CQ dream team hot favourites for back to back APRA finals win
APRA RODEO: "You only get out what you put in.”
That's the life motto of cowboys Shane and Brendan Kenny which worked wonders last year.
In tandem this year, it is working again as the pair aim for back-to-back team roping titles at the APRA National Finals in Warwick.
The climax of a long season of rodeos, the Kenny boys, who are not related, say that "it is what they compete all year for”.
The dedication, daily practice and weekends of travelling to rodeos all across Queensland put the duo in the box seat.
Despite Brendan's home in Clermont being more than an hour from Shane's in Emerald, the distance is a barrier they laugh at.
"We have roped together for quite a few years now. We first started 10-15 years ago and we both know how to get the best out of it,” Shane said.
"We both have big properties with rings out the back, so we can practise a bit together. If we both put the time in we will hopefully see the results.
"Brendan will come to mine a fair bit, he does a bit of work in Emerald so it works out well. Plus it's not a long drive.”
Adding to their favouritism, the pair recently set a new APRA record of 3.9 seconds at the Emerald Ag Show Rodeo, smashing a record that stood for six years.
Shane is gunning for his fourth team roping title and Brendan his third. At time of print, the pair were placed second in the team roping and Shane was second in rope and tie.
"Luckily we have both been able to win this before. It is why we do the sport at the end of the day,” he said.
"We both have a job to do and back ourselves. We know how we both operate and if we stick to the game plan we know we can do it again.
"Before we go out we will visualise what needs to be done and go from there.”
Yeppoon's Errol Frain is odds on for the steer wrestling title and will face strong competition with Alton Downs' Shane Iker.
Rockhampton's Cameron Milner is rated a big chance in the team roping heeler. Competition continues today and draws to a close Sunday afternoon. Other roping title winners who have qualified for finals are Iker, Lee Kimber, Mark Knox and Jesse Townsend.