This Cler­mont fam­ily finds rodeo suc­cess

Marks have huge love for the sport

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Madolyn Peters madolyn.peters@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

RODEO in­volves the whole fam­ily when it comes to the Marks from Tom­a­hawk Creek, Cler­mont.

Wayde Marks com­peted for about 10 years on the pro cir­cuit and now his two sons and daugh­ter are fol­low­ing in his foot steps.

Lley­ton has be­come ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, not only on the cen­tral cir­cuit, but in­ter­na­tion­ally as well.

The 14-year-old re­cently rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the Youth Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion Ti­tles in Amer­ica where he did quite well, plac­ing third over­all.

He is cur­rently lead­ing the steer rid­ing ti­tle in the Cen­tral Rodeo Cow­boys As­so­ci­a­tion and the U18 divi­sion in the Aus­tralia Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion.

Last week­end he com­peted in Clon­curry and is hop­ing to edge out his lead fur­ther at the Mt Isa Rodeo this week­end.

His younger sis­ter, Macey, was named Ju­nior Show Girl at the Cler­mont Show ear­lier this year.

“She was part of the grand pa­rade and pre­sented rib­bons to the cows and ev­ery­thing,” Wayde said.

Since her older brother, Lley­ton, has been com­pet­ing in rodeos, Macey also just started bar­rel rac­ing two years ago.

She is run­ning third for the CRCA U17s ti­tle, which Wayde said was a mas­sive ef­fort for the young rider.

She missed out on com­pet­ing at the Sa­rina Rodeo last week be­cause her horse was lame.

“That’s a shame for her, but that’s part of the sport,” Wayde said.

“There is quite a few rodeos un­til the end of the year so hope­fully her horse comes good.”

He said Ry­der, the youngest Marks child, was also “a pretty fo­cussed lit­tle fella”, com­pet­ing in poddy calves.

“They all take it fairly se­ri­ously, they train hard and ev­ery­thing else falls into place for them,” Wayde said.

“I’m proud of all of our chil­dren for their achieve­ments and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards the sport.”

Ry­der is run­ning sec­ond for the cham­pi­onship in the CRCA at the mo­ment.

Wayde said it’s also great to see the op­por­tu­ni­ties are there for them that weren’t when he was grow­ing up, com­pet­ing in rodeo.

“They have turned it into a pro­fes­sion­ally recog­nised sport,” he said.

“It’s great to see Aus­tralia is catch­ing up with Amer­ica with mod­ern day ef­forts as far as school teams.

“The Aus­tralian Rodeo Fed­er­a­tion are pre­par­ing these guys for schol­ar­ships to do uni over there to be scouted by one of the college teams.”

He said the mod­ern day rodeo cir­cuit has come a long way over the past 20 years and the op­por­tu­ni­ties are there for the Cler­mont kids if they want it.

“If that’s what they choose to do we (Wayde and his wife Jody) have de­cided to sup­port them wher­ever they want to go in life,” he said.

“And it’s prob­a­bly our job to en­sure they get started in the right way.

“That’s prob­a­bly why we travel with them and try and guide them in the right ar­eas un­til they can get up and go­ing on their own.”

Wayde said the best part about all the chil­dren want­ing to com­pete in rodeos is trav­el­ling as a a fam­ily.

Some­times they will travel up to five to six hours to an event and they will spend the whole time talk­ing to each other on the ride.

“On the way home we talk about the com­pe­ti­tion and how much fun it was, what we’re go­ing to do next,” Wayde said.

“That’s some­times an un­usual thing in young fam­i­lies, they’re usu­ally look­ing down at their phones.”

That’s why he said rodeo was such a fam­ily sport, it brings not only his fam­ily to­gether, but they also get to meet a lot of like-minded fam­i­lies at the rodeos.

The Marks chil­dren all have af­ter-school jobs, work­ing twice a week in the af­ter­noons.

Wayde said on the other five days they prac­tice and ride.

Macey is also do­ing a school-based ap­pren­tice­ship as a hair dresser and Lley­ton works at the butch­ers.

PHOTO: KASEWILLIAMS

The Marks fam­ily from Cler­mont – Wayde, Lley­ton, Jody, Macey and lit­tle Ry­der.

PHOTO: DAVE ETHELL

Lley­ton Marks is lead­ing the steer rid­ing in the CRCA and APRA at the mo­ment.

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