Destiny Downs Cattle Co.
A family of Cowboys
Destiny Downs Cattle Co. is owned and operated by Shane and Leanne Kenny and their three kids Ellysa, Tyler and Jayden - at ‘Destiny Downs’ located in Emerald in Central Queensland.
The Kenny family are heavily involved in rodeo as competitors and timed event stock contractors. Shane is a third-generation cowboy, Leanne grew up on her family cattle property and in her early 20’s turned her hand to rodeoing, their kids Ellysa, Tyler and Jayden are fourth-generation cowboys and cowgirl - and have already proven themselves very successful.
Shane is 15 times Allround Cowboy of Australia, 13 times Rope and Tie Champion, 4 times Steer Wrestling Champion and 4 times Team Roping Champion. He is the most decorated cowboy in Australia. Leanne has been 4 time Circuit Allround cowgirl, 5 times Breakaway Champion and 4 times Barrel Racing Champion.
Ellysa - also known as Liss - is 18 years old and has won a Junior Breakaway and Junior Barrel Racing Title - and 2 Allround Australian Cowgirl Titles. She won her first Allround Title at the age of 15, breaking the record as the youngest competitor to win this. Tyler who is 15, has won a Junior Heeling Title - and Jayden 13, won a Junior Heading Title when he was 11.
The Kennys travel the length and breadth of Australia competing and contracting rodeos with their timed event stock being longhorns, which are crossed with drought master bulls that they have bred themselves at their lease block.
Shane continues to compete in the calf roping and team roping but retired from steer wrestling at the end of 2019 as his body had endured enough. Shane continues to share his knowledge and experience with people through roping clinics as well as lessons. Leanne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016 so that finished her career early - as she lost all the strength in her right side so now she just comes to support the whole family.
Shane and Leanne also have a trucking business on the side with Shane working with Ballard Livestock Haulage in Longreach carting cattle. They also cart hay when the cow carting is slow.