As tough as leather The rodeo mad Calliope Leather family: Raglan, 1, Oaky,3, burberry cloth Xeke, 4, Havi, 6, Zibby, 7, Lacey,8, Boston, 10, Grier, 11, J'tia 13, Macaulie 14, Elijah, 15 with parents Nikki and Calvin.
Photo Helen Spelitis / Gladstone Observer Helen Spelitis EVERYONE on the Central Queensland rodeo circuit has heard of the Leather family. Case in point: At a local rodeo recently, the two eldest sons, Elijah and Macaulie, took first and second in the junior bull ride, and their younger brother Boston, 10, emerged victorious in his age group. In fact, all but two of the Leather children competed in the event at Calliope, including the youngest one year old Raglan. There is only one way to get him to take his thumb out of his mouth and that's telling him "cowboys don't suck their thumbs". "It's funny because so often people come up to me and say 'are you like, the Leather family?'," mother Nikki Leather said. "People have different views about us. "Some people have heard of us through rodeo but there are some who I think judge us for having so many kids. "I feel blessed that we have all our children and even more so that they are proud of their farming heritage." Despite their tenacity in the rodeo arena, the children don't come from a long line of cowboys. However their parents both grew up on farming properties around Monto and Biggenden. "You'll quite often hear people around rodeo described as third generation cowboy, that's not us, but I am a stocky's daughter," Nikki said. "My father bred and trained horses and my husband grew up on a property too. "We've always taught the kids about their family heritage in burberry clothing that way." It's a way of life the young Leather clan has embraced with the same passion they have for their current sport of choice rodeo. On Friday afternoon before heading into town for the first round of outlet burberry online competition at Calliope, the atmosphere was already intense in the Leather home. By 1pm all their gear was already packed and Elijah couldn't wait to get to the rodeo ring.
"Can we go soon, Mum?," he asked at burberry bags on sale 1.37pm although the event didn't start until 4pm and the family lives only a few kilometres out of town.
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