FI­NALS RACE IS ON

Count­ing down to the big event

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

IT’S RODEO sea­son in Queens­land, with com­peti­tors from across the coun­try in Emer­ald and Roma this weekend for Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tions.

Last weekend it was Comet Rodeo – or­gan­ised un­der the Cen­tral Rodeo Cow­boys As­so­ci­a­tion ban­ner – that drew a crowd of both top qual­ity com­peti­tors and en­thu­si­as­tic spec­ta­tors.

This week the fo­cus will be on rid­ers from Al­ton Downs and Mitchell go­ing into the Easter APRA rodeo pro­grams with plenty of con­fi­dence af­ter re­cent vic­to­ries in Vic­to­ria.

Al­ton Downs rider Brendan Breiner won the sad­dle bronc ride at Chiltern in Vic­to­ria last month with a score of 80. In the first of three Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion rodeos on the Vic­to­rian long weekend, he was equal sec­ond on 80 at Kyabram, one point be­hind for­mer rookie world all around cham­pion Brad Pierce, of Tooma, NSW.

Breiner has moved into 15th spot so will need prize money on Easter Satur­day at Emer­ald or Easter Sun­day at Roma to qual­ify in the top 15 for the May Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo in Ca­bool­ture.

What’s on The first of three Queens­land APRA rodeos at Easter will be a bull ride on Good Fri­day:

April 18 Great Western 3pm (Vic), Roma Bull Ride 6pm (Qld);

April 19 Omeo 10am (Vic), Emer­ald 6pm (Qld);

April 20 Roma 2pm (Qld), Buchan 10am (Vic);

April 21 Lang Lang 10am (Vic);

Standings lead­ers

All around cow­boy/rope and tie – Shane Kenny (Emer­ald, Qld)

Sad­dle bronc – Cameron Web­ster (Wan­doan, Qld)

Bull ride – Fraser Bab­bing­ton (Beaudesert, Qld)

Bare­back bronc ride – David Wors­fold (Wan­doan, Qld)

Steer wrestling – Gavin Walker (Be­nalla, Vic)

Team rop­ing header – Casey Lil­ly­man (Gunnedah, NSW)

Team rop­ing heeler – Aaron Book­luck (Nilma North, Vic)

All around cow­girl – Stephanie Gard (Table­top, NSW)

Bar­rel race – Ni­c­hole Fitz­patrick (Wil­low Tree, NSW)

Break­away rop­ing – Cheyenne Whitwell (Mt Tarampa, Qld)

PHOTO: CHERIE RYAN

MAK­ING DUST: Dale Ka­ban in the rope and tie event at Comet CRCA Rodeo.

OUT FAST: Brodie Moss and Camp­bell Hod­son in the team rop­ing event at Comet.

IN THE LOOP: Nathan Eich­horn out hard in the rope and tie event at Comet.

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