In-form cowgirl sets eyes on APRA title
WARRA cowgirl Jane Fay is in the best form of her career as she aims to win her first title in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.
She has her eyes set on Warwick, a rodeo that rates with Mt Isa as the two richest in the APRA.
"Warwick is on my bucket list this year. I have won cheques there, but no overall wins," Fay said.
Fay will be in Warwick well before the start of the rodeo as she will be competing in the campdraft which precedes the rodeo.
Originally from South Australia, Jane has lived at Warra on the Western Downs for the past eight years.
A granddaughter of former national title winner Tom Willoughby, Fay has qualified for the breakaway roping at 13 of the past 14 National Finals Rodeos.
She won a rookie title in the APRA in 2004 and plenty of junior titles, but an open title is the one she is chasing.
After almost five months of the season, she has a clear lead in breakaway roping standings from Ebenezer (Qld) rider Tamara Knox and Alton Downs (Qld) star Jorja Iker.
"It is one rodeo at a time, I want to get to the finals, draw some nice calves, rope well and see how I go," Fay said.
"It is a dream to win a national open title."
In August, she won the first round, final and aggregate in breakaway roping at Mt Isa.
"It was special to win at Mt Isa, a rodeo with so much prestige," she said.
Both Fay and husband Tom, a saddle bronc rider, compete in campdrafting.
She attributes a lot of her rodeo success this year to a heavy training regime.
"I hooked in, worked really hard and improved a few things," she said.