ROCKHAMPTON'S Shane Iker has given the region plenty to be proud of on his recent tour of the Cloncurry and Mount Isa rodeos.
Named the All Round Cowboy at the Mount Isa Rodeo, the Alton Downs father was more than stoked.
"It's always the one to win, Mount Isa - it's the father of them all," Mr Iker said. "There's plenty of nerves ... I've been in it for 20 years now, so you try and use the experience as best you can. It's always tough. It always has been. It's always a pretty good feeling when you win at Mount Isa - you get to do a victory lap."
Mr Iker, who is sponsored by Meng Tyres, also won the rope-and-tie and placed second in the steer wrestling at Mount Isa, winning both at the Curry Merry Muster.
He wasn't without his share of competition, though.
"Shane Kenny - he's always there and never lets me off real easy," he said. "He takes some beating. He's probably the best that ever walked."
The Mount Isa Rodeo is very different from other rodeos, Mr Iker said.
"They've got a laneway sytem and the speed that you come in that laneway ... (is) pretty intense when you've gotta crawl off. I'm getting a few miles on the clock, too, so I don't land as well as I used to. I love doing it. I ride to win. I always have."
And it would seem this talent for rodeos runs in the family.
"My young fella's 12 now and he's having a bit of success in the whole game," he said.
Keep an eye on future editions of Rural Weekly CQ for more about local success in the younger ranks.