TEENAGE SUCCESS STORIES: Clay Gordon has had a number of recent successes at rodeo events and will compete at the National Rodeo Finals in Ipswich this weekend. INSET: Megan Pohlman has proven herself to be strong competition in the open classes at a number of rodeos.
TEENAGE SUCCESS STORIES: Clay Gordon has had a number of recent successes at rodeo events and will compete at the National Rodeo Finals in Ipswich this weekend. INSET: Megan Pohlman has proven herself to be strong competition in the open classes at a number of rodeos.

Emerging rodeo stars saddle up

TWO youngsters from the Lockyer Valley are shining in the rodeo arena with a number of recent dominant performances.

Megan Pohlman, 16, has proven she is a force to be reckoned with in the ring after a number of wins throughout the year has put her in top contention in the titles race for a number of events.

Megan is currently coming second in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association standings for the open breakaway roping and is leading in the rookie open breakaway barrel racing for the National Rodeo Association.

The young rodeo prodigy said she hoped to make the pro rodeo finals at the Gold Coast in June next year but for now was focused on the Warwick Rodeo at the end of October where she would contest the Junior Championships in which she came third last year.

"The pro rodeo championships on the Gold Coast are the biggest you can do in rodeo," she said.

"When you make it to the Gold Coast its sudden death and it's where Australian champions get crowned.

"My main goal is to be pro tour champion."

Megan hoped to take out the top position at next month's Junior Championships and said the she the loved the sport.

"I reckon I will do better than last time because I have more experience now," she said.

"My mum and uncle did it and I've been doing it since I was young so I was sort of born into it.

"I like to work towards stuff and succeeding and it's a great way to meet people from all over Australia who have the same interests."

Clay Gordon, 19, has also been on a dominant run and will contest the National Rodeo Finals in Ipswich this weekend after taking out Rookie of the Year at the National High School Rodeo Association finals in America earlier this year.


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