End the year at the rodeo

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

TWO rodeos will be held on New Year’s Eve in Queens­land for the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion.

There will be a full cham­pi­onship points rodeo at Mitchell on De­cem­ber 31 and an Xtreme Bull Ride in Rock­hamp­ton on the same night.

Some of the Queens­land rid­ers will head to Myrtle­ford in Vic­to­ria on De­cem­ber 26 for the first of nine rodeos in the APRA as part of the Christ­mas Run.

There will be a rodeo at Car­ri­eton in South Aus­tralia on De­cem­ber 29 and then at Tum­barumba in New South Wales on Jan­uary 1.

Some rid­ers will head to Queens­land or Tas­ma­nia dur­ing the two-day break in the Christ­mas Run.

The Smith­ton Rodeo and Stock­man’s Chal­lenge is on De­cem­ber 30–31 in Tas­ma­nia.

Some of the rid­ers set to com­pete at Mitchell on De­cem­ber 31 in­clude sad­dle bronc star Cameron Web­ster and bare­back bronc rider David Wors­fold. Both rid­ers hail from Wan­doan in Queens­land.

Web­ster’s tough­est com­pe­ti­tion could come from Mitchell rider Greg Hamil­ton, who is al­ways tough to beat at home.

Teneille Ang­land of Spring­sure in Queens­land won the first round of the bar­rel race at the na­tional fi­nals this year and will be hard to beat at Mitchell, along with her hus­band and star sad­dle bronc rider Cody Ang­land.

One of the best break­away rop­ers in the Western Downs and Mara­noa re­gion is Jane Wil­loughby from Briga­low. She was placed in the na­tional fi­nals rodeo in War­wick.

The Xtreme Bulls event at the Great Western Ho­tel, Rock­hamp­ton, is on De­cem­ber 31 and will bring to­gether the best bull rid­ers in Queens­land.

Cen­tral Queens­land rider Brady Fielder won the APRA bull rid­ing ti­tle in Oc­to­ber after be­ing the only rider to make time on two bulls in the four rounds of the na­tional fi­nals in War­wick.

Fielder al­most made it three scor­ing rides from four rounds in War­wick when he was chucked off after 7.9 sec­onds, 0.1 of a sec­ond from a scor­ing ride.

New South Wales stock con­trac­tors Ed­die and Mal­colm Green, from Gill Bros Rodeo, will pro­vide the buck­ing stock for both the Mitchell and Rock­hamp­ton rodeos.

Shane and Leanne Kenny from Emerald, who op­er­ate Des­tiny Downs Cat­tle Com­pany, will con­tract all the stock for the timed events at Mitchell.

Many Queens­land rid­ers will com­pete at both Mitchell and on the Christ­mas Run to boost their chances of fin­ish­ing in the top 15 at the end of the sea­son, which means qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s na­tional fi­nals.

After the De­cem­ber 31 rodeos in Queens­land, the next rodeo in the Sun­shine State is on March 30 at Cler­mont.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.pro­rodeo.com.au.

PHOTO: DAVE ETHELL

BUCK­ING BULL: Brady Fielder on High Roller.

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