FOUR bull riders from Queensland will battle it out with cowboys from New South Wales and Victoria for the Australian Professional Rodeo Association title buckle later this month.
The best 15 competitors in eight events will contest the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals from October 26–29 at Warwick Showgrounds.
While all 15 have a chance to win the title buckle, the top six in the bull ride have won significantly more prizemoney so will be clear favourites for the titles.
A winner in the bull ride at Mt Isa, Stanwell (Qld) rider Jared Borghero won the pro tour bull ride title from NSW’s Ben Thorp from Young.
Cooyar (Qld) rider Jack McArthur is one of the biggest improvers in the APRA and is ranked third, just in front of Jake Whalan from Giru in north Queensland.
Sam Woodall from Gippsland in Victoria is fifth going into the national finals, just ahead of Sally Malay who is originally from the Kimberleys in Western Australia but now calls Longreach, Qld, home.
Jay Borghero, a brother of Jared, has also placed at Mt Isa and goes into the national finals ranked 12th, while Sam Champ from Meldale north of Brisbane is the last qualifier for the finals but will have to place in at least three rounds to have any chance to win the title buckle.
Rarely does a bull rider make time on all his bulls in the national finals, so placings will largely come down to which riders can record a time in the most rounds.
All riders will receive points going into the national finals for prizemoney won during the pro tour, giving riders near the top of the standings the best chance to win title buckles.
As well as the national finals, there will be second division and junior rodeo event at Warwick Showgrounds from October 26–29.
CONTENDER: Jared Borghero on Gob Smacked.