Emerald rider Shane Kenny after two victories in round 1 of the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on Thursday night at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Emerald rider Shane Kenny after two victories in round 1 of the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on Thursday night at the Warwick Showgrounds. Gerard Walsh

Kenny early all round favourite after two wins at Warwick

EMERALD cowboy Shane Kenny has taken the early favouritism for the Australian Professional Rodeo Association all around title after two wins in round 1 of the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on Thursday night at the Warwick Showgrounds.

Shane won the team roping in combination with Brendan Kenny from Clermont and was third in steer wrestling before contesting the rope and tie, an event in which he has won 12 APRA title buckles.

Former Warwick State High School student Lee Kimber, of Lockington, was the leader in the rope and tie before Shane was last into the arena.

As is so often the case, the Emerald cowboy rose to the occasion on the biggest stage of all to win in 10.6 seconds.

Kimber was happy with a second in rope and tie and a good time in steer wrestling which did not secure him a place but kept him in the running to secure points in the average.

Tasmanian star Luke Hamilton made his trip to Warwick worthwhile with a round 1 win in steer wrestling in 5.05 seconds.

In cowgirl events, it was two wins to Victorian riders from Lockington, Cherie O'Donoghue in breakaway roping in 4.45 seconds and Leslie Moore in the barrel race in 18.035 seconds.

Round 2 action starts at 6pm today with round 3 on Saturday night and the final round at 1.30pm Sunday.

Timed events winners in round 1

Rope and tie - Shane Kenny (Emerald, Qld) 10.6 seconds

Steer wrestling - Luke Hamilton (Stowport, Tasmania) 5.05

Team roping - Shane Kenny (Emerald) and Brendan Kenny (Clermont) 8.65

Barrel racing - Leslie Moore (Lockington, Vic) 18.035

Breakaway roping - Cherie O'Donoghue (Lockington, Vic) 4.45



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