Rodeo title wins span three geneations for Pierce family
BRAD Pierce was in familiar territory in the saddle bronc final at the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships.
He is the third generation of his family to win Australian Professional Rodeo Association titles.
His father Jim and grandfather Johnny are both national title winners and Brad won the saddle bronc title, his first title in the APRA since 2009.
"My grandfather was member number five in the association and I am in the 18 thousands," he said.
"Warwick has been good and bad for me; I have won both the saddle bronc and the bull ride at Warwick.
"On the bad side, I broke my arm once in Warwick and in 2008 we had an accident at Inglewood on the way to the Warwick Rodeo."
After a win in round one, equal first in round two and third in round three, Pierce was the favourite to win the title when he jumped on his horse in round four on Sunday and made time to secure the average.
"I haven't been getting on too many lately but it has been a feeling good in Warwick," Pierce said.
A little less rodeo has been due to family and business commitments.
He and wife Tayla and children Ryder and Katie run 600 breeding cattle at Tooma.
Pierce said Warwick was one of his favourite rodeos.
"The crowd is unreal, it is a bit more special with the finals," he said.
For Warwick pair Michael Maher and Mark Collins, the championships have not been their best rodeo of the year but they each had some minor placings.
"I will try again to be number one next year, I have had a couple of tough horses," Maher said.
Collins said it definitely made him ride better when a lot in the crowd knew him.
He and wife Lee welcomed their second son Hank earlier this month and the little fellow will be at his first Warwick Rodeo on the last weekend in October next year.
Maher and Collins are again the top-two in new season standings.