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02 October, 2015

CENTRAL QLD COWGIRLS HEAD TO NFR

Photo of Jill Lyons by Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

Photo of Tenielle Middleton by Dave Ethell – www.dephotos.com.au

 

 

FIVE cowgirls from Central Queensland are in the running for the barrel racing title at the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on October 22-25 at the Warwick Showgrounds.

The standings leader at the end of the 2015 season was Victorian young gun Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent from Bunyip.

New South Wales star Adele Edwards is second in the standings ahead of Jill Lyons, one of five Central Queensland riders in the top-15 qualifiers for the championship finals.

Lyons is from Gracemere and will be joined in the championships by ninth-placed Jamie-Lee Williams from Rockhampton, 11th placed Rachel Little from Wandoan and 14th placed Leanne Kenny from Emerald.

Tenielle Middleton rose to prominence as the cowgirl from Emerald and is now based at Hughenden in North Queensland but won’t be downgrading her Central Queensland connections at the finals. She finished the season in 10th place in barrel racing.

The biggest challenge to the top three will be fourth-placed Wendy Caban, from Moree and last year’s winner Nichole Fitzpatrick from Willow Tree in New South Wales.

The riders will take some carry-over points into the championships from their performance during the season. Riders in the bottom five in the standings will therefore need placings in each of the four rounds to be a genuine chance for a title while the top-four could miss a place in one round and still win the title buckle.

There will be second-division and junior events at the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships along with the best-of-the-best in the championship finals.

APRA Program: October 4 Marrabel (SA); October 21 Hobart Show Bulls and Barrels (Tas); October 22-25 Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships (Qld); November 7 Melton Mowbray (Tas); November 14 Kapunda (SA); November 28 Emerald Drought Relief Appeal Rodeo (Qld); December 5 Rosewood (NSW).

More information APRA 07 4661 8183



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