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