16-year-old Emerald cowgirl takes national rodeo title
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.
Ellysa Kenny in action at the APRA Junior Nation Finals Rodeo at Emerald.