Dunn leads bull riders ahead of Australian Championships
RODEO: A bull rider from Proserpine will be one of the cowboys to watch at the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on October 22-25 at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Roy Dunn will go into the championships as the standings leader in the bull ride and will carry on the tradition of a rodeo family from North Queensland, which has proved to be one of the best in the business.
He led the standings at the end of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association season to qualify first for the championships.
Dunn won't get it all his own way at the championships as second-placed Sam Champ is in top form.
Champ hails from Meldale, between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and has been a consistent performer.
In 2013, Upper Horton (NSW) rider Troy Wilkinson won the Warwick Rodeo bull ride.
He will bring plenty of experience from competing in North America and comes in as 10th placed in the standings.
There will be one round a day in the Australian championships between the top-15 in all eight APRA events.
The Warwick connection in the championships will be saddle bronc top-two Michael Maher and Mark Collins and timed event star and APRA executive chairman Lee Kimber, who attended Warwick State High School for part of his secondary education and now lives in Victoria.
Two of the events are for the cowgirls with standings leaders Shianne O'Donoghue-Kent (barrel racing) and Jane Fay (breakaway roping) set to face tough competition from riders including Cherie O'Donoghue (Victoria) and Wendy Caban (NSW), two of the riders to enjoy the most success in the APRA in the past decade. As well as the championship events at the rodeo, there will be second-division and junior events at the Warwick Showgrounds.
The campdrafting at the Warwick Rodeo starts three days earlier than the rodeo events.
The leaders in the APRA standings will have an advantage going into the championships as they will take some carryover points into the final four rounds and the battle for title buckles.