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Cowboys host bull ride this Saturday night

RING ACTION: Kingaroy rider Joshua Jones is favourite for the open bull ride in the Southern Downs Ag Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Bull Ride on Saturday night.
RING ACTION: Kingaroy rider Joshua Jones is favourite for the open bull ride in the Southern Downs Ag Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Bull Ride on Saturday night. LEEROY TODD

RODEO: Some footballers will trade a footy and shoulder pads for riding chaps and a helmet for the Cowboys Footy Steer Ride at the Southern Downs Age Warwick Cowboys Rugby League Bull Ride at Father Ranger Oval on Saturday night.

The event is affiliated with the National Rodeo Association and will be conducted by Hall Rodeo.

Ian Bostock said many of the top riders in the NRA standings would be in Warwick on Saturday.

"Some of the closest competition will be in the under-18 bull ride where two of the top three, Dan Ruhland from Mt Walker and Zane Hall, of Toowoomba, will compete” Bostock said.

In the open bull ride, standings leader Jack McArthur from Cooyar is not competing which makes Kingaroy rider Joshua Jones the favourite.

Jones is third in NRA standings after a second in the round at Apple Tree Creek last weekend at Childers.

He backed up to win the chute out between the top four riders in the round.

The most nominations in NRA events on Saturday night are in the poddy ride with nine.

Current NRA poddy ride champion Montanna Long from Rosewood is second in junior steer ride standings and will compete in Warwick.

Rueben and Declan Sullivan from Allora have both nominated for the junior steer ride.

There are eight events on the program including an open bull ride with $1500 prize money.

While nominations for the official NRA events are through the NRA, nominations for the three local events can be made on the night at Father Ranger Oval.

Local events are the local poddy ride, local steer ride and Cowboy Footy Steer Ride.

One of the starters for the footy steer ride is A grade hooker/back rower Mitch McMahon.

He won the mule ride at the Cowboys rodeo in 2015 despite not competing in many rodeo events as a junior.

Each morning, he rides trackwork at Allman Park for his father and Warwick racehorse trainer John McMahon, experience which must make him one of the favourites.

"I am hoping a few of my teammates will compete and we attract a good crowd,” he said.

Gates open at 5pm with the first events due to start at 6pm Saturday.

The rodeo performance is expected to go for three hours and be followed by the after rodeo party with entertainment from Mike Oberle.

Half-time entertainment will include a pingpong ball throw by the bull fighters with the child who finds the lucky ball winning a push bike sponsored by Charlie Thorn from Warwick Ice and Killarney Milko.

Club treasurer Liz Browne said the bull ride was the major fundraiser for the year.

"The money raised will help us kick start next season,” she said.

Admission is $20 adults, $15 for pensioners, concession card holders and children 15-17 years, $5 for 5-14 years and children under 5 free.