NSW rider takes out Isa

Central and North Rural Weekly - - MY SMOKO BREAK -

WALCHA sad­dle bronc rider Carl Green has won the dou­ble at the rich­est rodeo in the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion, the Mt Isa Mines Ro­tary Rodeo.

The win will en­sure he is one of the 15 qual­i­fiers for the Oc­to­ber 24-28 War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals at the War­wick Show­grounds.

Green won the open sad­dle bronc at Mt Isa and then won the in­ter­na­tional chal­lenge from a rider from North Amer­ica. While there was good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of North Amer­i­can rid­ers at Mt Isa, none won any open events.

The win­ners of each open event at Mt Isa con­tested the in­ter­na­tional chal­lenge against a rider from North Amer­ica.

Proser­pine rider Roy Dunn won the open bull ride against a strong field. He was in­jured dur­ing the rodeo so was re­placed in the chal­lenge by Sam Woodall, who ended up vic­to­ri­ous.

In the bare­back bronc ride, Wan­doan cow­boy and cur­rent APRA ti­tle­holder David Wors­fold was vic­to­ri­ous.

Chase Erick­son, from North Amer­ica, won the chal­lenge against Wors­fold.

Rid­ers to win open events at Mt Isa and also the in­ter­na­tional chal­lenge were rope and tie cham­pion Mitch East­well, from War­wick, and break­away rop­ing cham­pion Cherie O’Donoghue, from Lock­ing­ton in Vic­to­ria.

The over 55 years team rop­ing was won by Jeff Miller

and Alan Wood­ley. The Mt Isa Rodeo rates with the War­wick and Clon­curry rodeos as the top three in the APRA. The win­ners at Mt Isa will be among the favourites for the na­tional fi­nals in War­wick.

Prize­money is used to de­ter­mine the top 15 so a win at the rich­est rodeo on the cir­cuit, Mt Isa, has boosted their sea­son prize­money and ti­tle chances.

PHOTO: STEPHEN MOWBRAY

IN AC­TION: Cherie O’Donoghue wins the break­away rop­ing leg for the Aus­tralian team de­spite a speed­ing fine at the bar­rier.

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