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12 August, 2015

COMPETITORS FROM ACROSS STATES TO MT ISA

Rhys Angland (Wantabadgery, NSW) in saddle bronc. Photo courtesy of Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

Shane Kenny (Emerald, QLD) in the rope and tie. Photo courtesy of Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

Cherie O’Donoghue (Lockington, VIC) in the ladies barrel race. Photo courtesy of Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

Rodney Reynolds (Molyullah VIC) in the steer wrestling. Photo courtesy of Stephen Mowbray – www.stephenmowbrayphotography.com

 

 

ROADS from all states will head to Mt Isa this weekend for the richest rodeo on the Australian Professional Rodeo Association circuit, the Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo. (August 7-9)

The event has attracted 570 nominations, the most in any APRA rodeo this year.

Four of the cowboys to watch will be Wantabadgery (NSW) rough stock star Rhys Angland, Queensland timed event cowboy Shane Kenny (Emerald), Victorian riders Cherie O’Donoghue from Lockington and steer wrestler Rodney Reynolds from Molyullah.

The Mt Isa Rodeo rates with Warwick and Cloncurry as the three biggest in the APRA.

  Angland won the open saddle bronc ride at Cloncurry last weekend so will go into the saddle bronc and bull rides at Mt Isa with form on the board. He has won APRA titles in both events in the same year so an Angland double is a possibility.

Two riders who may ruin Angland’s dream of a double are saddle bronc rider Michael Maher from Warwick (Qld) who won the Ken Coleman Shoot-out at Cloncurry in the saddle bronc and current bull riding title holder Kurt Shephard from Atheron in North Queensland.

Kenny is the new season all around cowboy and rope and tie standings leader in the APRA and the most successful cowboy in APRA history with 31 titles, the first as a teenager in the rope and tie in 1991. He will contest the rope and tie, steer wrestling and team roping this weekend in Mt Isa.

O’Donoghue has won the most titles in the cowgirl ranks in APRA history and will make the long trek from Victoria to Mt Isa. She has nominated for the barrel race, breakaway roping and team roping.

Year-in, year-out, Victorian cowboy Rodney Reynolds has proved to be one of the best in the business and will be one of the favourites in steer wrestling.

He won the second round and overall title at Mt Isa in 2013 but will face tough opposition from current standings leader Clancy Middleton from Hughenden in Queensland and Kenny.

After this weekend, there will be rodeos in three states in the run-up to the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships.

The top-15 in each event in the APRA will contest four championship rounds in Warwick, one of each day of the October 22-25 rodeo. Competitors will also take some carryover points from their success during the season into the championship rounds. There will be many junior and second-division events on the program at Warwick.

APRA RODEO PROGRAM: August 7-9 Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo (Qld); August 15 Katherine (NT), August 22 Darwin (NT); September 12 Pussycat Flats Rodeo (NT); October 4 Marrabel (SA); October 10 Rockhampton (Qld); October 21 Hobart Show Bulls and Barrels (Tas); October 22-25 Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships (Qld)..

More information from APRA on 07 4661 8183

 

  Cloncurry winners

•           Ladies Breakaway Roping - Kelly Westlake (2.5 seconds)

•           Junior Team Roping - Jordan Iker (5.95 seconds)

•           2nd Division Bronc Ride - Jake Malay-Murphy (71 points)

•           Junior Breakaway - Darcy Harrison-Douglas (2.95 seconds)

•           Junior Steer Ride - Cameron Southern (61 points)

•           Junior Barrel Race - Ellie Gard (16.993 seconds)

•           2nd Division Bull Ride - Cameron Southern (74 points)

•           2nd Division Bareback - Tim Richardson (71 points)

•           Rope & Tie - Mark Knox (10.45 seconds)

•           Open Saddle Bronc - Rhys Angland (80 points)

•           Team Roping - Clancy Middleton and Aaron Bookluck (5.15 seconds)

•           Open Bareback - Jack Kidd (79 points)

•           Steer Wrestling - Jamie Reynolds (3.55 seconds)

•           Ken Coleman Shootout - Michael Maher (83 points)

:           Open Bull Ride – Ben Gooding (85 points)

:           Open Barrel Race – Jo Caldwell (17.46 seconds



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