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08 September, 2015

AUNT AND NIECE GOING FOR TITLES

Photo of Cherie O’Donoghue by Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

Photo of Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent by Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

 

 

A VICTORIAN rider and her niece will be going for two different titles as the best competitors in the nation head to the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships in Queensland on October 22-25.

Lockington cowgirl Cherie O’Donoghue is the most successful cowgirl in Australian Professional Rodeo Association history and has qualified eighth in the standings in breakaway roping.

She was 20th in barrel racing at the end of the season and only the top-15 make it to the final so will only have one chance in Warwick to add to her title buckles.

Her niece, Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent, of Bunyip, headed the all around and barrel racing standings at the end of the 2015 season so will have the advantage over her rivals in Warwick.

In a change to the format for the championships, riders will carry points for money won in the season into the final four rounds of the championships. The system is designed so a rider who has a brilliant finals series can win the title from 15th place but the advantage will be with the riders who performed best during the 2015 pro tour.

Aunt and niece proved they are in form with success in the last two rodeos in the APRA, Katherine and Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Cherie was second in the barrel race at Katherine and Darwin, an event which wasn’t her best in the 2015 season, while Shianne was third in the barrel race at Darwin.

While the majority of rodeos in the next three months are in South Australia and the northern states, action will start to hot up in Victoria when the Christmas Run starts at Myrtleford on Boxing Day.

APRA Program: October 4 Marrabel (SA); October 10 Rockhampton (Qld); October 21 Hobart Show Bulls and Barrels (Tas); October 22-25 Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships (Qld)..

NT open winners:

Katherine: Saddle bronc Adrian Chong 66, bull ride Matt Boland 79, bareback Ben Hall 68, rope and tie Clancy Middleton 13.0, steer wrestling Adrian Chong 5.15, team roping Clancy Middleton and Aaron Bookluck 5.5, barrel racing Cherie O’Donoghue 16.065, breakaway roping Stephanie Gard 3.25.

Darwin: Saddle bronc Leslie Stacey, bull ride Sally Malay, bareback Ben Hall, rope and tie Shane Iker, steer wrestling Errol Frain and Shane Iker equal 1st 6.15, team roping Errol Frain and Shane Iker 6.55, barrel racing Susie Fearon 18.015, breakaway roping Tamara Knox 2.7.

More information from APRA on 07 4661 8183

 



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