Mark Collins.
Mark Collins.

Cowboys sharpen up for the rodeo

SOUTHERN Downs cowboys Mark Collins and Fred Osman fined-tuned their form in the run-up to the Warwick Rodeo with victories in two different states last weekend.

Collins won the saddle bronc rodeo at the Nanango Rodeo and Osman was victorious in the bareback bronc ride at Marrabel in South Australia.

The win by Collins has improved his position in Australian Professional Rodeo Association standings.

He is 11th but only a small amount of prize money from seventh.

The top 15 in each championship event qualify for the National Finals Rodeo at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in June.

Collins has the chance at two rodeos this weekend to improve his spot in the standings.

He will compete at the Ken Coleman Memorial Rodeo at Collarenebri on Friday and the Moree Rodeo on Saturday.

Collins could nominate for the Narrabri Rodeo on October 13, the last APRA event before the Warwick Rodeo in the last week of October.

Timed and rough stock events at the Warwick Rodeo will be on October 26-28. Campdrafting action starts on October 22.

Osman hails from Gore, west of Warwick, but spends most of his time working out of Broken Hill as a mustering contractor.

His win at Marrabel boosted his lead in the bareback standings. Victorian rider Jayson Gorsuch, who is second in the standings, finished second at Marrabel.

Osman will compete in the Hay Rodeo in the Riverina on Saturday.

Warwick roper Johnny Osborne has the chance this weekend to improve his team roping heeler standing. He is currently 15th.

The APRA head office at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre in Warwick will take nominations on October 17-18 for timed and rough stock events for Warwick.



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