APRA all around title winner Clay Caban.
APRA all around title winner Clay Caban. Stephen Mowbray

Queensland riders dominate in APRA national junior finals

RODEO: A second-generation roper from Emerald has won the junior all around title in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.

Clay Caban won the all around and team roping header titles at the weekend and is following in the footsteps of parents Dale and Leanne Caban who have qualified for many finals in the APRA.

Queensland riders won five of the six national junior titles.

While the APRA junior finals are in Emerald each June, the open finals are once again at the Warwick Showgrounds on October 24-27 this year.

There were finalists from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia who competed in Emerald at the weekend.

The Northern Run in the APRA started with an open rodeo at Emerald on Saturday.

In recent years, the bulls have been too good for the cowboys at most rodeos and that was the case again at Emerald when only Dysart cowboy Sonny Schafferius rode time in a field of 14 cowboys.

The Northern Run of six APRA rodeos will end with the Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo on August 8-11 and it is likely to attract up to 10 Warwick riders.

Junior national title winners

All around and team roping header: Clay Caban (Emerald)

Steer ride: Clayton Miners (Cooma, NSW)

Barrel race: Ellysa Kenny (Emerald)

Team roping heeler: Tyler Kenny (Emerald)

Breakaway roping: Toby Hale (Sarina)

Rope and tie: Callan Burgoine (Charters Towers)



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