Comet family firing
IT WAS a family affair for the Ash family at the Millmerran Show Rodeo as mother, father and daughter all claimed honours.
Comet cowgirl Kym Ash took out the breakaway roping event with a time of 2.15 seconds, she won by almost a second over Taroom cowgirl Sharon McGuire.
Kym is currently outside the top-15 rankings required to make the finals but the win is a real boost.
"I am just trying very hard to make the finals, the season ends at the end of April," the mother-of-two said.
"I am out of the 15 at the moment but hopefully I can continue my form from here."
Kym's daughter Caitlan and husband Barry also finished first and second in junior breakaway and steer wrestling respectively.
"I was so proud of Caitlan, we practise together and it is so worthwhile to see her do well," she said.
"I have been riding for a very long time so I guess it's in our blood, my whole family ride.
"My dad used to ride years ago too. I love travelling and doing this as a family.
"It was great that we all did well in Millmerran."
Kym was stoked to be able to fine-tune her form ahead of her hometown rodeo just weeks away.
Aside from being her home event, the Comet Benefit Rodeo will forever hold a special place in her heart.
"It's a really good place for me, I broke the Australian breakaway roping record here," the teacher-aid at Comet State School said.
"Someone has broken the record since but it was amazing to do it in front of my family.
"The Comet Rodeo is something I always look forward to."
There will be five rodeos in nine days in late March in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association with the Comet rodeo on March 19 and then a bull ride at Roma on Good Friday and the Destiny Downs Good Friday Fiesta at Emerald for timed event riders.
All eight APRA championship points events will be at the Emerald Easter Sunflower Festival Rodeo on Easter Saturday and at Roma on Easter Sunday. These rodeos will be the last chance for Queensland riders to secure points in their home state in the battle for top-15 spots for the National Finals later this year.