Hometown heroes head to tonight's rodeo in the lead
THREE local cowboys head into tonight's Australian Professional Rodeo Association's (APRA) double-header rodeo at Lazy Acres leading the APRA standings in their class.
And for Shane Iker, who is the leading all-round cowboy, it is the chance to consolidate his position at the top on his home turf of Alton Downs.
And Errol Frain from Yeppoon heads to Lazy Acres as the top steer wrestler, while Emerald's Shane Kenny is leading the rope and tie.
The Lazy Acres Double Dip is the first of six rodeos across four states to finish the Christmas Run.
The Alton Downs Double-Dip is split into two separate rodeos, tonight and then tomorrow night, with an impressive 260 nominations for each.
Shane Iker is a veteran of the APRA circuit, having competed for 15 years and winning the all-round cowboy title twice. And he has taken home the Central Queensland title 10 times.
He is hopeful of putting in another strong performance at his two home town rodeos so he sits more comfortably at the top of the all-round cowboy standings.
"I've actually had a real good start," Iker said.
"I have stayed home for few, but I did travel to compete in Darwin, Mt Isa and Cloncurry where I did well.
"So I have to compete at my home town rodeo, that's for sure.
"These are two really good rodeos and I can do a lot of damage in the standings here (Lazy Acres)."
Iker said the two cowboys pushing him the hardest are fellow locals, Errol Frain and Shane Kenny.
"Errol is pushing hard," Iker said.
"We practice together every day so if anyone is going to beat me it might be Errol.
"And Shane Kenny will be here too and he is not too far behind me as well."
Iker would love to win another APRA title before he finally hangs up the spurs.
"I'd love to make it five before I finish," Iker said.
"But is depends if the body lets me.
"My wife Georgia and our son Jordan compete now as well, so that makes it more enjoyable on the road."
All around cowboy - Shane Iker (Alton Downs, Qld)
Saddle bronc - Michael Maher (Warwick, Qld)
Bull ride - Mark Lamberth (Alice Springs, NT)
Bareback - Jack Kidd (Croydon, Qld)
Rope and tie - Shane Kenny (Emerald, Qld)
Steer wrestling - Errol Frain (Yeppoon, Qld)
Roping header - Clancy Middleton (Hughenden, Qld)
Roping heeler - Chris Cameron (Kirwan, Qld)
All around cowgirl - Wendy Caban (Moree, NSW)
Barrel race - Jo Caldwell (Murrurindi, NSW)
Breakaway roping - Kelly Eastlake (Scone, NSW)