16-year-old Emer­ald cow­girl takes na­tional rodeo ti­tle

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

EMER­ALD rider Ellysa Kenny has won the big­gest ti­tle in women's rodeo, the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion all around cow­girl ti­tle.

She se­cured the win af­ter con­sis­tent per­for­mances across her two events, bar­rel rac­ing and break­away rop­ing, in the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals which fin­ished Sun­day at War­wick.

At age 16, she is one of the youngest na­tional cham­pi­ons in his­tory.

Fel­low cen­tral Queens­land rider Jorja Iker, from Al­ton Downs, won the break­away rop­ing ti­tle and Jaimi Down­ing from Emer­ald was best in the bar­rel race.

Coo­yar bull rider Jack McArthur won his first na­tional ti­tle af­ter a sea­son that in­cluded his out­stand­ing 87.5 points ride in round 1 at the na­tional fi­nals on Thurs­day night.

Pro tour cham­pion Brad Pierce, from Tooma (NSW), won an­other sad­dle bronc ti­tle in the APRA af­ter a star­ring per­for­mance this week­end in War­wick.

For­mer Gore (south­west Queens­land) rider Fred Os­man, who now calls Cameron's Cor­ner in south­west Queens­land home, won three rounds of the bare­back to win his sec­ond APRA ti­tle.

In timed events, Emer­ald cow­boy Camp­bell Hod­son won the rope and tie and com­bined with Liam Dav­i­son from Char­ters Tow­ers to win team rop­ing while Ca­bool­ture cow­boy Lach­lan O'Neill won the ti­tle in steer wrestling.

Hod­son was sec­ond in pro tour all around stand­ings but at the end of the fi­nals, he had done enough to win the all around ti­tle.

PHOTO: DAVE ETHELL

Ellysa Kenny in ac­tion at the APRA Ju­nior Na­tion Fi­nals Rodeo at Emer­ald.

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