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17 October, 2013

ALTON DOWNS COWGIRL

ALTON Downs rider Jorja Watkins will need to perform well at the October 24-27 Warwick Rodeo to maintain her lead in Australian Professional Rodeo Association all around cowgirl standings.

Watkins, who is originally from Springsure, has hit the standings lead for the first time in her career this season.

She leads narrowly from Calla Matthews, of Alton Downs in Central Queensland, and past champion Wendy Caban, of Moree, NSW.

Two more Queenslanders are in the top 10 in all around cowgirl standings, Cheyenne Whitwell, of Mt Tarampa, is sixth, and Leanne Kenny, of Emerald, 10th.

Watkins and Matthews are the top two in breakaway roping standings, an event where they have won most of their prizemoney for the season which started on May 1.

They have also won money in barrel racing which qualifies them to compete for the all around pro tour title.

In the barrel race, PJ Hanrahan, of Gogango, Queensland, leads from Jo Farquhar, of Murrurundi, New South Wales.

The four leaders in cowgirl events shared the spoils at the two biggest rodeos on the season so far at Cloncurry and Mt Isa.

Watkins won the breakaway roping at Cloncurry in a time of 3.35 seconds and Matthews won overall at Mt Isa with a two-round time of 8.4.

In the barrel race, Hanrahan won at Cloncurry in 17.939 and Farquhar was best at Mt Isa with a two-round time of 35.384.

The Warwick Rodeo is the only four day event in the APRA other than the National Finals Rodeo and starts on October 24 at the Warwick Showgrounds.

The two richest rodeos in the APRA are at Mt Isa and Warwick and competitors can easily move up 10 places in the standings with a win at Mt Isa or Warwick.

Prize money alone determines standings and the top 15 who qualify for the National Finals Rodeo at the end of the season.

The final warm-up rodeo to Warwick is at the Coolamon Showgrounds near Wagga Wagga, NSW, on October 19.

The Coolamon Rodeo will feature the three rough stock events and barrel racing. All stock will be provided by John P Gill.

Rodeo Program: October 19 Coolamon (NSW); October 24-27 Warwick (Qld); November 1-2 Jimna Bull Ride (Qld); November 2 Melton Mowbray (Tas); November 9 Adelaide Hills (SA); November 23 Benalla (Vic), Deep South Chute Out and Barrels (Tas).

More information from APRA on 07 4661 8183.
 



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