Allan Flood back with a rush
RODEO: Twenty years after competing in his last Australian Professional Rodeo Association National Finals Rodeo, Warwick cowboy
Allan Flood is back seeking a national title.
Now 59, he has enjoyed his best pro season since the 1990s and will compete in the rope and tie against a field including 12-times winner Shane Kenny, of Emerald.
It was Shane's father, Tom Kenny, who battled it out with Flood in the 1977 finals at Kapunda, South Australia, in the bull ride.
Flood won three of the five rounds, but Tom rode all his bulls to win the title.
The Warwick cowboy has made finals in rope and tie, team roping, bull riding and steer wrestling down the years.
He qualified in up to three events in the one year to be classed an all-rounder in every sense of the word.
This season, he won enough money to qualify in the top 15, including his best result, a victory at Taroom on the Northern Run.
"My aim this week will be to rope my four calves, Shane is the favourite, but any of the top 15 could win the title," Flood said.
"Anyone can slip up.
"There is a lot of luck involved and it is important to draw good stock.
"There will be good stock at the finals," Flood said.
"It has always been my ambition to win a rope and tie APRA title, I was third one year."
Flood will compete on 16-year-old quarter horse Dakota, which is owned by his daughter Bonnie.
He is also taking his horse Pete to the final as a reserve, a horse he rode to a National Rodeo Association rope and tie title two years ago.
Lachlan Slade (bull ride) and Fred Osman (bareback) are the other Southern Downs riders in the APRA National Finals Rodeo.
Warwick Rodeo saddle bronc winner Toby Collins will be one to watch after winning all four saddle bronc rides in Victoria at Easter.
The finals start today at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre (QSEC) at Caboolture.
NFR Session times: May 1 6pm (QSEC); May 2 6pm (QSEC); May 3 4pm (indoor arena, Caboolture Showgrounds); May 4 11am (QSEC). Tickets at http://www.qsec.com.au, 07 54333222 or at the door.