This Clermont family finds rodeo success
Marks have huge love for the sport
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.
The Marks family from Clermont – Wayde, Lleyton, Jody, Macey and little Ryder.
Lleyton Marks is leading the steer riding in the CRCA and APRA at the moment.