Next move for champ

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

AF­TER win­ning the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion sad­dle bronc ti­tle in late Oc­to­ber at the War­wick Rodeo, Wan­doan sad­dle bronc rider Cameron Web­ster will be back on the road to the K Ranch Rodeo at Mt Hunter, New South Wales, this week­end.

Web­ster won last sea­son’s pro tour and his pre­pared­ness to travel long dis­tances makes him an early favourite for the 2019 pro tour ti­tle.

The new sea­son started on Oc­to­ber 1 but most of the early ac­tion was at the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals.

Mitchell (Queens­land) rider Greg Hamil­ton was sec­ond over­all at Mt Isa this year and will be one to watch at the K Ranch Rodeo.

Queens­land rider Jake Wha­lan was one of only four rid­ers to record a score in bull rid­ing at the na­tional fi­nals.

He has nom­i­nated for K Ranch along with Roth­bury (NSW) rider Ja­son O’Hearn, a past ti­tle win­ner in the APRA.

Af­ter a first and sec­ond in the steer wrestling at the na­tional fi­nals, Lock­ing­ton (Vic­to­ria) cow­boy Lee Kim­ber will make the trip to K Ranch to com­pete in the rope and tie, steer wrestling and team rop­ing.

His fi­ancée Cherie O’Donoghue won the break­away rop­ing ti­tle at the fi­nals and has nom­i­nated for the bar­rel race and break­away rop­ing at K Ranch.

War­wick rider Mitch East­well won the APRA ti­tle in the rope and tie and is aim­ing to start the new sea­son with some plac­ings at K Ranch.

He has nom­i­nated in the rope and tie and steer wrestling.

The sec­ond rodeo sched­uled this Satur­day is the Ka­punda Rodeo in South Aus­tralia.

Af­ter a sec­ond and equal fourth in the bare­back bronc ride and third in steer wrestling at the fi­nals, South Aus­tralian iron­man, Tom Wil­loughby, will com­pete in four events at Ka­punda.

He is in the bull ride and bare­back bronc ride, rope and tie and steer wrestling.

Wil­loughby was the only rider at the na­tional fi­nals in War­wick in late Oc­to­ber to com­pete in both rough stock and timed events and it is the same at Ka­punda.

PHOTO: DAVE ETHELL PHO­TOS

BUCK­ING BRONCS: Cameron Web­ster on Young Gun.

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