FAMILY SUCCESS: Father-daughter win all-round titles
RODEO: Emerald cowboy Shane Kenny has saddled up for more success, this time at the weekend's St Brendan's College Central Isuzu Rodeo.
Just six weeks after taking out the prestigious all-round cowboy title at the Mt Isa Rodeo, Kenny repeated the dose at Yeppoon on Saturday after winning the rope and tie and the team roping with Clay Bush.
His daughter Ellysa Kenny was also in the winner's circle, crowned the all-round cowgirl.
Amber Patterson was the all-round junior winner.
A 2500-strong crowd flocked to St Brendan's rodeo arena for the jam-packed program, which included schools and full APRA rodeo events.
About 300 competitors, including 60 secondary school students, took part, with cowboys and cowgirls from across the country keen to collect more points in the lead-up to the APRA finals in Warwick in October.
Kenny said it was good to come away with the all-round title from what was a hotly contested rodeo.
"There was some really good competition on the day but everything just fell into place for me,” he said.
"That's what we do - we train our horses and practice regularly and if the cherries line up you get the win.
"I'm just happy to be in a position to win the events and being able to compete for so long.”
St Brendan's principal Nick Scully said the rodeo was unique, run primarily by volunteers through the college's Parents and Friends Association.
He congratulated the mountains of volunteers and key organisers - parents Aaron and Kristy Leahy and Jay McNeill - for taking up the reins to ensure the event thrived.
"I believe the St Brendan's College rodeo is the only school rodeo of its kind and magnitude around Australia, and we congratulate our Parents and Friends, staff and volunteers for the hours and hours of work to pull off such a significant and successful event,” he said.
"We congratulate the Central Queensland High Schools for taking out the Inter-School Challenge this year, closely followed by our St Brendan's College team.
"Our Rodeo Club is very strong and having our own rodeo on the grounds is a significant highlight for our boys during the year, competing against students from New Zealand and around Australia.”
Money from the event is still being tallied but organisers are confident funds raised will help the college extend its infrastructure.
Scully said the rodeo could not have been a success without the sponsors including Platinum Level, Barlows Earthmoving, Coal Train, JRT, NRG, Pacific Hotel, Spotless Catering; and Gold Level, DC Motors Rockhampton, Jett Building and Construction, Keppel Kitchens, NewTech, Office National Express, Channel Nine, Triple M, The Morning Bulletin and The Country Life.
Some results from the St Brendan's College Central Isuzu Rodeo
All-Round Cowboy: Shane Kenny
All-Round Cowgirl: Ellysa Kenny
All-Round Junior Competitor: Amber Patterson
Open bull ride: Jack McArthur
Saddle bronc: Jack McKenzie
Rope and tie: Shane Kenny
Bareback: David Worsfold
Inter-School Challenge: Central Queensland High Schools 1, St Brendan's College 2, New Zealand 3
Junior bull ride: Brady Fielder 1, Sam Agius 2, Mitchell Foxlee
Senior steer: Cooper Hobbs 1, Logan Beak 2, Lleyton Marks 3
Junior steer: Clayton Carlsen 1, Caleb Elms 2, Finn Crinion 3
Invitational bronc: Brady Fielder 1, Izayah Gilby 2, Arne Thornberry 3
Junior barrels: Macey Marks 1, Tegan O'Callaghan 2, Nikki Burraston 3
Breakaway roping: Ellysa Kenny 1, Nikki Burraston 2