Emerald cowboy stars at ‘Holy Grail’ of rodeo at Warwick

EMERALD cowboy Shane Kenny has again proven he is rodeo royalty with four title wins in the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships.

He won the title and average at the championships in the rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping and was an easy winner in the battle for the all around cowboy title.

Clermont rider Brendan Kenny joined with Shane to win the team roping.

Shane yesterday said this was the greatest achievement of his rodeo career to date.

"This is the Holy Grail of rodeo," he said.

"It's what we all shoot to win, the Australian championships. For me to win all three events as well as the all around is a pretty big thing."

For the first time in recent years, each rider took carry-over points from their pro tour success into the championships but this year the average winners in all eight events at the championships also won the titles.

Shane has now won 35 titles in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association, including 15 all around and 13 in his best event, the rope and tie.

This year is the first time he has won all four title buckles in the same year.

He won his first APRA title in the rope and tie in 1991 at the age of 17 and a year later won his first all around title.

Shane rates steer wrestling as his toughest event and on Sunday won his first steer wrestling title for 15 years after being victorious in 1997, 1999 and 2000.

He now plans to spend some time at home before lining up for the Alton Downs Double Dip on New Year's Eve.

Despite having achieved the ultimate success at Warwick, Steve has every intention of competing there again next year.

"You bet. It's the big thing," he said. "I'll go there again and have another go and see what happens."

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