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Katelyn rides way to another Aust title

Berry Springs teenager Katelyn Simpson, pictured here competing at the Noonamah Tavern Rodeo Series earlier this year, has won here second NRCA Australian Junior Barrel Race title after beating all comers at the national rodeo finals in Dalby.
Berry Springs teenager Katelyn Simpson, pictured here competing at the Noonamah Tavern Rodeo Series earlier this year, has won here second NRCA Australian Junior Barrel Race title after beating all comers at the national rodeo finals in Dalby. Spokz Photography

TERRITORY teen Katelyn Simpson has scored back-to-back national rodeo titles after taking out the National Rodeo Council of Australia junior barrel race buckle at the national titles in Dalby, Queensland, last weekend.

The victory was Katelyn's second big win in as many weeks after winning the junior title at the Warwick Rodeo the weekend before.

Speaking to Rural Weekly while driving back from Queensland with her family earlier this week, Katelyn said winning her second NRCA Australian title was fantastic.

"It's really good to win two years in a row because it shows that I can keep improving,” Katelyn said.

"Winning the week before also helped a lot, it gave me a lot of confidence going into the finals at Dalby.”

Katelyn's father Russell said her trusted horse, Ornament, performed exceptionally well in the southern conditions.

"Ornament really thrived in the cooler weather over the weekend,” Russell said.

"He performed really well and did everything that Katelyn asked of him.”

Katelyn took out the title after starting with a win in the first round of the competition over riders from all parts of the country on the Friday night.

That night Katelyn also won the first round of the junior breakaway, before finishing runner up in the competition after the second round on the Saturday.

She also competed in the ladies' barrel race on the weekend, finishing fourth behind some of the best open riders in the country.

The win is Katelyn's third national title in 12 months.

After claiming the NRCA junior barrel race buckle last year, she won the Australian High School Rodeo Association'national junior pole bending buckle title.

Katelyn also represented Australia earlier this year in the United States.


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