Lee Kimber and Cherie O'Donoghue after first round success at the Warwick Rodeo on their horse Hooley. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News
Lee Kimber and Cherie O'Donoghue after first round success at the Warwick Rodeo on their horse Hooley. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News Gerard Walsh

Cowgirls in fantastic form at Warwick Rodeo

LOCKINGTON star Cherie O'Donoghue and Table Top rider Stephanie Gard have five wins between them in six cowgirl rounds after the third night program at the Warwick Rodeo.

O'Donoghue won the breakaway roping on top of her win in round 1 so a win today (Sunday) in round 4 could further her chances of winning her third Australian Professional Rodeo Association title in the event.

Gard won round 2 of both the barrel race and breakaway roping and then won the round 3 barrel race on a wet Saturday night at the Warwick Showgrounds with a time of 17.902 seconds.

She is the favourite to win the all around title today after winning the breakaway roping title in the past two years. She is also in line to win individual titles.

Gard can't decide which is her favourite event, she enjoys them both and is planning to compete in America next year.

She is one of three siblings competing in Warwick, brother Ben and sister Ellie are also at the Warwick Rodeo.

In cowboy events, Shane Kenny from Emerald is moving closer to an all around title.

After three rounds, he has four event wins, two in the rope and tie, one in team roping and a Saturday night win in the steer wrestling.

In other events, Brad Pierce from Tooma (NSW) was third in round 3 of the saddle bronc and favourite to win the title after wins in the first two rounds.

None of the bull riders made time on Saturday night so Upper Horton rider Troy Wilkinson remains the only cowboy with two scores.

Other round 3 winners in timed events were Alton Downs rider Shane Iker in the rope and tie in 10.8 seconds, Troy Caban and Corey Heath in team roping in 7.95.

Bareback standings leader David Worsfold from Wandoan won the bareback with a score of 85, the highest in rough stock so far this weekend.

John Turvey from St George was first in saddle bronc with 80. Both Warwick riders Michael Maher and Mark Collins bucked off in round 3 so are long shots for the title.

Campdraft and rodeo action at the Warwick Showgrounds today before the start of the final round of the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships at 1.30pm today.



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