CHAMPION : Mark Collins, pictured at this year’s Warwick Rodeo, has won his third saddle bronc title in the NRA.
CHAMPION : Mark Collins, pictured at this year’s Warwick Rodeo, has won his third saddle bronc title in the NRA. Gerard Walsh

Mark Collins leads locals to great success in Rodeo

WARWICK cowboy Mark Collins led the way as Warwick riders had seven top-three finishes in the National Rodeo Association standings for 2014.

The third round of the finals was at Caboolture on Saturday and Collins recorded a second in saddle bronc on the way to his third title win. Fellow Warwick rider Michael Maher was runner-up in the battle for the title.

Collins said his best ride for the year was 84 on Bad Blake, a horse formerly ridden as a roping horse by Blake Weier.

"I won at Byron Bay on Bad Blake which put me into the lead early in the season," he said.

The Eastwell brothers were all among the top riders during the season.

The oldest of the trio, Wade, won the average over three rounds in the finals. Yesterday, he flew to America to watch a National Finals Rodeo.

Mitch Eastwell was runner-up in the rope and tie after missing a time in the third round of the finals at Caboolture on Saturday.

The youngest of the three, Brock, won the rookie title of the year for the rope and tie.

Fellow Warwick rider Bianca Weier was second in the third round in the barrel race to finish fourth overall in the standings for the year.

Her brother Blake was third for the season in junior barrel race and Tahnee Small sixth.

Dion Doro placed at Caboolture on the way to a third in the junior steer ride and fourth in the junior bull ride for the season. Saddle bronc ride Peel Tribe and team roper Steve Hannon were all in the top-10 in the NRA in their events.



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