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18 March, 2013

THE BATTLE FOR THE BAREBACK PRO TOUR

GUNNEDAH cowboy Wade Clifford has a slender lead over Gore (Qld) rider Fred Osman in the battle for the bareback pro tour title in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.

The pro tour for the 2012-2013 APRA season will be won by the rider with the most prizemoney on April 30.

Currently, Clifford has a $200 lead over Osman.

Both are guaranteed spots in the top-15 for the National Finals Rodeo at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on June 13-16.

Upper Horton rider Matthew Makinson is in third place in bareback and assured of a spot in the NFR but has too much prize money to make up to challenge for another pro tour title.

The APRA focus will move to Central Queensland later this month after rodeos at Millmerran and Woodford on the first weekend in March were postponed due to wet weather.

The Comet Benefit Rodeo is on March 23 and the Emerald Rodeo on March 30.

Most of the competitors who compete at Emerald on Easter Saturday will travel to Roma for an Easter Sunday Rodeo.

The bull riders will have their first chance at Easter to secure prize money and championship points on March 29 at Roma with a bull ride only event in the town.

Riders currently placed 11th to 15th in the standings in all eight championship events need more prize money to ensure they qualify for the Gold Coast.

There are plenty of Northern New South Wales competitors in the saddle bronc who can secure a NFR spot with top performances on the Easter weekend.

Gunnedah rider Sam Knight is 11th in saddle bronc, fellow Gunnedah rider Ben O’Reilly 15th and Kerry Wellington, of Moonbi, 18th.

In bareback, Quirindi rider Darren Clarke is 11th in the standings.

Clarke and Wellington are two of the most experienced riders on the circuit.

The Millmerran Rodeo, which was washed out in March, has been re-scheduled on May 18. With the current season ending on April 30, prize money at Millmerran will go towards standings in the 2013-2014 season.

APRA program: March 23 Preston (Tas), Comet (Qld) Benefit Rodeo; March 29 Fielders Great Western Rodeo (Vic), Roma Bull Ride; March 30 Omeo (Vic), Emerald (Qld); March 31 Buchan (Vic), Daly Waters (NT), Roma (Qld); April 1 Lang Lang (Vic).
More information from APRA office on 07 4661 8183
 



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