EMERALD couple Leanne and Dale Caban have set the platform for an outstanding Northern Run this month with wins at the Taroom Rodeo recently.
Taroom was the first rodeo in a month on the Northern Run, with Cloncurry on August 3-4, Mt Isa on August 10-12 and Darwin on August 17-18.
Leanne won the breakaway roping at Taroom with a time of 2.6 seconds from Stacey Wilburn from Upper Horton, New South Wales, and Kerry Turner of Charlwood, Queensland, who were equal second with 2.8 seconds.
Dale joined with Ebenezer rider Mark Knox to win the team roping in 6.6 seconds.
There was more Central Queensland success in the rope and tie with Emerald rider Brody Moss recording 10.7 seconds to win from fellow Emerald cowboy Shane Kenny who was clocked at 11.2.
Shane Iker from Alton Downs was third with 11.65 seconds.
In rough stock events, Dingo rider Ryan Storey scored 86 to win the bull ride. Gracemere competitor Stuart Frame was second on 79 in an event where only two riders made time to record a score at Taroom.
APRA rodeo administrator Steve Hilton said nominations had come in thick and fast for Cloncurry this weekend.
"There is a lot of interest after last month's finals, which were a great success," he said.
"Competitors are talking about how good the finals were, which encourages riders to push a bit harder to make the top 15 for next year's finals."
Taroom winners: Open: Breakaway roping Leanne Caban, team roping Mark Knox and Dale Caban, steer wrestling Lachlan O'Neill, barrel race PJ Hanrahan, bareback Clint Burton, rope and tie Brody Moss, saddle bronc Jim Ryan, bull ride Ryan Storey.
Second division: Bull ride Adam Birch, saddle bronc Joel Hill.
Junior: Barrel race Stephanie Gard, breakaway Cheyenne Whitwell.
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