QUEENSLAND miner Troy Mara was tonight crowned the champion bull rider of Australia following the final round of the Jupiters Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) National Finals Rodeo.
120 of Australias best cowboys and cowgirls competed this week in six Australian championship events at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach.
Bouldercombes Mara ingloriously bit the dust three seconds into his final round ride but took enough points into Sunday nights decider to take his maiden national championship.
Pre-event favourite, Wantabadgerys two-time Australian champion Rhys Angland, registered only one score in five attempts and finished well down the title placings.
The Saddle Bronc Australian champion is South Australian veteran Glen Kent who was competing in his eleventh National Finals Rodeo while Quirindis Darren Clarke took the Bareback buckle.
Newlywed Teneille Clifford from Gunnedah was consistent all week and took the Ladies Barrel Race at her eighth nationals.
Todd Hensley (Wagga Wagga) won the Steer Wrestling while Emerald dynamic duo Jeff Miller and Shane Kenny took the Team Roping title.
Rodeo organiser Mick Ellison said Gold Coasters have fallen in love with rodeo.
The enthusiasm of the crowds all week has been amazing and the adrenalin has really been rushing through the stadium each night, Mr Ellison said.
The people were on their feet and stomping and clapping every session and for two hours each night rodeo ruled the city.
With the success of this years flood-delayed rodeo, an early decision will need to be made as to its timing in next years Gold Coast major events calendar, he said.
Rodeo supporters include Jupiters, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Jack Daniels, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Sunshine Ford, Australian Outback Spectacular, Variety Queensland, Tyrells Wines and Fourex Gold, Coast Tourism, Gold Coast City Council, 102.9 Hot Tomato, Gold Coast Bulletin, Broadbeach Alliance & Tourism Queensland.
NFR ROUND FIVE RESULTS & AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONS
Saddle Bronc Australian Champion Glen Kent
1. Glen Kent 78 pts
2. Lucas Wilson 77 pts
3. Cody Angland 75 pts
4. Mark Collins 72
Bull Ride Australian Champion Troy Mara
1. Ryan Storey 77 pts
Bareback Australian Champion Darren Clarke
1. Lee Bowker 77pts
2. Cody Angland 76pts
3. Darren Clarke 76pts
4. Bevan Brown 72pts
Rope and Tie Australian Champion Shane Kenny
1. Dale Caban 9.9sec
2. Clancy Middleton Jnr 10.05sec
3. Lee Kimber 10.1sec
4. Brody Moss 10.95
1. Paul Emerson 9.25sec
2. Dale Caban 9.4sec
3. Shane Kenny 9.75
4. Brody Moss 10.3 sec
Steer Wrestling Australian Champion Todd Hensley
1. Shane Iker 3.8sec
2. Cameron Bell 3.9 sec
3. Tom Willoughby 4.2sec
4. Jarrod Deguara 4.25sec
Team Roping Australian Champions Header Jeff Miller & Heeler Shane Kenny
1. Jesse Townsend & Corey Heath 5.75sec
2. Jeff Miller & Shane Kenny 7.15sec
3. Troy Caban & Dale Caban 7.9sec
3. Grant Hanrahan & Ty Parkinson 7.9sec
Barrel Race Australian Champion Teneille Clifford
1. Jane ODell 14.024sec
2. Amber McIntyre 14.079sec
3. Ruth ODonoghue 14.189sec
4. Shianne ODonoghue-Kent 14.269sec
Breakaway Roping Australian Champion Cherie ODonoghue
1. Amber West 2.1sec
2. Cherie ODonoghue 3.0sec
3. Calla Matthews 3.4sec
4. Helen McVicar 3.75sec
1. Amber West 3.1sec
2. Jane Fay 3.15sec
3. Zoe Swain 3.25sec
4. Helen McVicar 3.75sec
For further information please contact:
Fresh Brew Event Coordinators
0414 755 305
07 5591 2556
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