Bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship

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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 on Oc­to­ber 26–29 at the War­wick Show­grounds.

While all 15 have the chance to win the ti­tle buckle, the top-six in the bull ride have won sig­nif­i­cantly more prize­money than the rest 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 New South Wales bull rider 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 the Gipp­s­land area in Vic­to­ria is ranked fifth go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals, just ahead of Sally Malay, who is orig­i­nally from the Kim­ber­leys in Western Aus­tralia but now calls Lon­greach in Queens­land 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 just 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 at War­wick.

All rid­ers will re­ceive points go­ing into the na­tional fi­nals for prize­money won dur­ing the pro tour, which gives the 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 events at the War­wick Show­grounds on Oc­to­ber 26–29.

Rounds of the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals start at 6pm Thurs­day, 6pm Fri­day, 6pm Satur­day and 2pm Sun­day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN THE AIR: Jared Borghero on Gob Smacked.

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