TOUGH RIDE: 2018 Saddlebronc champion Cameron Webster with his son Max as he prepares for this year’s competition.
TOUGH RIDE: 2018 Saddlebronc champion Cameron Webster with his son Max as he prepares for this year’s competition.

Injured champ back in saddle

RODEO: Going into night one of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) national finals, Cameron Webster had more than a strong ride on his mind.

The Wandoan cowboy was looking forward to having another run in the rodeo capital after having the last two months off through injury.

“It’s always good, just coming back from injury was good, especially to get a nice horse,” Webster said.

“Up in Mt Isa I hurt my back and I haven’t been on since then, and that was in August.”

As last year’s Australian Champion Saddlebronc rider, Webster knows that a first night score of 81.5 points might not be enough to see him claim a victory.

“Last year I won the title but I didn’t have a great finals it was just ok but I was lucky enough to hold onto my lead coming in to win it,” he said.

“I’ve had a few good finals over the years but never really had a great final.

“This year I’m back a bit, I didn’t do anywhere near as many rodeos and then I got hurt in Mt Isa so, I’m just hoping to have a good finals.

“It’s pretty good — it’s always pretty tough in the bronc riding — there’s a lot of good bronc riders, it’s always tough.”

While Webster is hopeful to continue having strong rides, he said there wasn’t any real tactic for the four nights of competition.

“Just drawing good is the hardest part probably and then just try and ride good with every horse, that’s sort of all you can do,” he said.

“It’s mostly just one by one, if you think about it too much you get into drama.”



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