Coastal teen out to rope rodeo success

THE King name has long been associated with rodeo on the North-West Coast, and now a third-generation cowboy is quickly starting to leave an impression on the sport.
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Ty King recently returned from the national junior finals in Caboolture, Queensland, capping off a terrific season where he became Tasmanian champion in five of his six disciplines.

His mother, Jodi, said Ty had always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his late grandfather Frank and dad Gary.

“He’s had a rope in his hands ever since he could walk and started competing in the chute roping since he was five or six,” she said.

“His grandpa won quite a few titles in his day, and his dad has won heaps of titles and qualified for the national finals eight times.”

King put forward a strong showing at the nationals, winning a round of the junior steer ride, placing second in a round of the breakaway roping, and ending up fourth in the Australian junior all-round champion cowboy.

It wasn’t all an easy ride for the 15-year-old though, with a steer throwing its head back and hitting King in the face, leaving him a bit dazed, but he soldiered on with his roping events.

He also competed in four rodeos over the Easter break in Victoria, and while it keeps mum and dad busy, it can also be expensive helping him doing what he loves.

“He’s got sponsorship through Ulverstone Tilt Trays and Towing, and they help out with some money because it costs a lot,” Ty’s mum said.

“His aim is to end up in Victoria, compete in all the bigger events over there and see how far he can go with it.”

RODEO KING: Fifteen-year-old rodeo competitor Ty King is starting to make an impression in the sport.Picture: Jason Hollister.

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