TITLE CHANCE: Victorian rider and former Warwick High student Lee Kimber (right) goes for his beast in Warwick.
TITLE CHANCE: Victorian rider and former Warwick High student Lee Kimber (right) goes for his beast in Warwick. Gerard Walsh

Country's best riders heading our way

RODEO: The best riders in the nation will converge on the Warwick Showgrounds for the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on October 22-25.

The top 15 in each of the eight APRA championship events have qualified for the championships.

While the standings leaders in the men will be led by Warwick saddle bronc star Michael Maher and all-round standings leader Terry Evison, from Victoria, the cowgirls will be headed by Victorian young gun Shianne O'Donoghue-Kent and Warra (Qld) roper Jane Fay.

Placings in the four rounds of the championships and points from the season will be used to determine the national champions.

Most local interest will be in the battle between the top-two APRA saddle bronc riders, Warwick pair Michael Maher and Mark Collins, but there is a strong chance former Warwick High student Lee Kimber could win steer wrestling.

Kimber lived a lot of his school years in the Fassifern Valley and also attended Warwick High. He hails from Lockington in Victoria and led the steer wrestling standings at the end of the season.

Standings leaders:

All around cowboy and rope and tie Shane Kenny (Qld)

Saddle bronc Michael Maher (Qld)

Bull ride Roy Dunn (Qld)

Bareback David Worsfold (Qld)

Steer wrestling Lee Kimber (Vic)

Team roping Clancy Middleton and Brody Moss (Qld)

All around cowgirl and barrel racing Shianne O'Donoghue-Kent

Breakaway roping Jane Fay (Qld)



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