RODEO: Central Queensland's eight-strong contingent impressed as the Australian high school rodeo team scored a draw in the Trans-Tasman Challenge.
Yeppoon's Brady Fielder was captain of the nine-member national team, which also included CQ's Mitchell Foxlee, Lleyton Marks, Sam Aguis, Jackson Gray, Ebony Labuschewski, Macey Marks and Kelsey Kleier.
Australian High School Rodeo Association president Daryl Kleier said the team acquitted itself well in what was a close-fought three-Test rodeo series against the New Zealanders.
"The first Test ended in a draw 90-90, the second Test the Aussies won 140-130 in a close battle and the final Test the Kiwis won 160-140 to level it up,” he said.
"I am really proud of the team. Every member stepped up to the plate and did the job and they worked really well together.
"Sam Aguis rode two events so he got a lot of points for the team and Ebony Labuschewski was the most experienced of the three girls and really led from the front.”
Daryl said the event provided the kids with much more than just competition.
"It's all a learning curve for them and it's a complete experience,” he said.
As well as the schools challenge, the CQ competitors also took part in several other events.
Lleyton (steer ride) scored a first at the Outram Rodeo and a third at the Mataura Rodeo.
Brady (bull ride) was second at Outram and third at Mataura, Kelsey (barrel racing) raced into first at Mataura and Mitchell (steer ride) got a third at Outram.
The next Trans-Tasman Challenge will be held in Australia later this year.