CHAMPION CROWNED: This weekend’s rodeo offered plenty of fierce competition for the Townsville teen.
CHAMPION CROWNED: This weekend’s rodeo offered plenty of fierce competition for the Townsville teen.

Townsville cowboy one to beat with back-to-back wins

RODEO: THIRD time’s a charm for Townsville cowboy Campbell Hodson who took home the APRA All Around Cowboy and the Rope and Tie championship on Sunday.

Hodson won the award in 2017 and 2018, but said winning the national finals was a feeling that didn’t get old.

“In competition, lots of things have to go right,” he said.

“You can train for it but things can always go wrong. It’s out of your control.”

Hodson, who had been involved in the sport since he was 12, said rope and tie offered a thrill like no other.

Despite being involved in rodeos year-round, he said he had no idea how he would go over the weekend.

“The horse can do whatever he wants, it all depends on your draw and how you and your horse perform on the day,” he said.

Hodson had a challenging end to the finals, and it was the first few rounds that secured his win, the teenager said.

“I didn't’ finish good, (sic) those first few rounds got me over the line,” he said.

Winning All Around Cowgirl was Emerald’s Ellysa Kenny, who was the youngest competitor to win the APRA’S All Rounder in 2017 at the age of 15.



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