Locky girl sad­dles up for fi­nals

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By JESS GLEDHILL

LOCK­ING­TON cow­girl Cherie O’Donoghue has qual­i­fied for the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals on Oc­to­ber 26-29 at the War­wick Show­grounds.

Cow­girls from New South Wales and Vic­to­ria fin­ished ahead of the best from Queens­land in the bat­tle for pro tour supremacy in the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion this sea­son.

Rodeos at Bund­aberg in Queens­land and Mt Hunter in New South Wales her­alded the end of the sea­son in the APRA.

The top-15 in each of the eight cham­pi­onship events qual­i­fied for the na­tional fi­nals. Se­cond-divi­sion and ju­nior events will also be held at the War­wick Rodeo.

In the bat­tle for the all around cow­girl ti­tle, Mur­ru­rundi ( NSW) rider Jo Cald­well se­cured the end of sea­son buckle with a win in the bar­rel race at the K Ranch Rodeo at Mt Hunter.

She won nar­rowly from O’Donoghue who was se­cond in break­away rop­ing at K Ranch.

2016 all around cow­girl ti­tle win­ner Shi­anne O’Donoghue-Kent from Bun­yip in Vic­to­ria was third in the all around pro tour stand­ings this sea­son.

Cald­well fin­ished the sea­son on top of the bar­rel rac­ing stand­ings with a clear vic­tory from run­ner-up, Emer­ald (Qld) rider Jaimi Down­ing, and O’Donoghue-Kent.

In break­away rop­ing, O’Donoghue was first in the stand­ings at the end of the sea­son af­ter a late-sea­son surge put her ahead of Emer­ald rider Leanne Ca­ban who led for most of the sea­son.

O’Donoghue, a mul­ti­ple past ti­tle win­ner in the APRA, was first in round one, se­cond in the fi­nal and first over­all in break­away rop­ing at the rich­est rodeo in Aus­tralia at Mt Isa in Au­gust.

The only Queens­land mul­ti­ple win­ner in cow­boy events was Shane Iker who won the rope and tie and steer wrestling at the Am­ber Ranch Rodeo at Bund­aberg.

At Mt Hunter, Scone rider Heath Nichols won the steer wrestling and com­bined with Clay Bush from Yass to win the team rop­ing.

APRA com­peti­tors are hav­ing a break from com­pe­ti­tion un­til the na­tional fi­nals in War­wick at the end of this month.

Cherie O'Donoghue in the break-away rop­ing.

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