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31 August, 2015

NORTH WEST NSW BULL RIDERS

See photos attached:

Photo of Troy Wilkinson by Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

Photo of Jackson Gill by Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

 

NORTH West New South Wales bull riders Troy Wilkinson and Jackson Gill will be going for their first national bull riding titles in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association when the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships are held on October 22-25.

  Wilkinson has form on the board in Warwick after winning the bull ride at the Warwick Showgrounds in 2013.

He is small in stature but a real sticker on the back of a bucking bull.

Wilkinson is from Upper Horton and will go into the championships in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association in 10th place on the standings so will need to win money in most rounds to be in contention for the title.

Gill, of Upper Horton, starred as a junior in the APRA and is 11th in the standings behind leader Roy Dunn from Proserpine in Queensland

In a change to the format for determining title winners in the APRA, each rider will take some points into the battle for titles based on prize money won during the season.

The points format has been designed to allow any of the 15 to win the title but the lower the placing of the rider the better performances will be needed to win titles

Saddle bronc rider Michael Maher from Warwick and Wandoan bareback bronc riding sensation David Worsfold finished the 2015 season at the top of APRA standings and will be two of the favourites going into the four rounds of the championship finals.

Maher will be the most favourable at the championships after winning the Mt Isa Rodeo for the past two years and his hometown rodeo in Warwick last year.

His win this month at Mt Isa shows he is in top form but he will need to perform well to better close friend and standings runner-up Mark Collins, Wandoan rider Cameron Webster and Mitchell star Greg Hamilton. In the new APRA season, Hamilton is the early leader.

Worsfold just beat Toowoomba rider Owen Lee to finish the season to April 30 in top place in the bareback and the two will be the riders to beat in the final.

The top 15 in all eight APRA championships events will go head-to-head in each round in Warwick, one per day.

Other events are the rope and tie, steer wrestling, team roping, ladies barrel racing and ladies breakaway roping.

There will be second-division and junior events in Warwick at the national championships.

APRA RODEO PROGRAM: 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

 



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