Third All Round title for Caban
IT is not her first Central Rodeo and Cowboys Association All Round title, and if Leanne Caban has anything to do with it, it certainly won't be her last.
The Emerald cowgirl claimed the CRCA title for the third time after consistently strong performances over her three-round finals run in Rockhampton last week.
Caban was well placed in the top 12 in both the breakaway roping and barrel racing events, and took a 200-point lead heading into the 2011 finals.
However, it wasn't an advantage Caban was taking lightly, knowing that just one slip on the rein could have cost her the title.
"Going into the finals I think I was about 200 points in front," she said.
"My lead was not a lot… one win was worth about 160 points.
"I was doing everything I could to make sure I was still on top of my game."
The 2006 and 2009 All Round title winner put experience to good use and backed her barrel racing mare Hawk, aka Maggie Morn, to rise to the occasion.
The mare is a former winner of the open futurity meets in and around the Central Highlands, and one Caban had complete confidence in.
"It's quite rewarding to train and race your own horse," she said.
But as always the proof was in the pudding, and nothing was certain until the final results were in for 2011.
True to form, Caban was well placed in the barrel race and won the average in the breakaway roping.
The overall scores were enough to secure her third CRCA All Round buckle.
"It's always great to win a title like this... but it doesn't get any easier," she said.
The CRCA circuit hasn't been the only championship Caban has chasing, with the Emerald rider also making strong claims on the Australian Professional Rodeo Association circuit.
"We've been pretty busy all year with both the CRCA and APRA," she said.
"I've been doing both since 1990."
But if you think Caban will be happy to sit back and allow the next cowgirl to claim the title with ease next year, well think again.
A back-to-back All Round title is something which is certainly foremost in her thoughts.
"Yeah definitely. To win it again would just be the icing on the cake," she said.
Also featuring in the winner's standings at the finals was Emerald roper Brody Moss, who combined with the 2011 All Round Cowboy champion Shane Iker to take out the team roping title in Rockhampton.
Moss was the winner of the Australasian Team Roping Title earlier this year, when he partnered Shane Kenny to take the top honours in Capella.