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Warwick cowboy chasing sixth roping title

NATIONAL FINALIST: Warwick cowboy Jeff Miller (right) in action with Joel Lillyman in APRA team roping.
NATIONAL FINALIST: Warwick cowboy Jeff Miller (right) in action with Joel Lillyman in APRA team roping. Sally H

RODEO: Massie roper Jeff Miller will be aiming to win his sixth Australian Professional Rodeo Association team roping header title next week at the Warwick Showgrounds.

Miller has won the most header titles in APRA history and won the all around title in 1998.

He combined with Warwick rider Johnny Osborne to win team roping in 1997 and 1998 and won with Shane Kenny, of Emerald, in 2005 and 2010.

Miller won his fifth title with Central Coast (NSW) rider Peter Young in 2013. This year, he will combine with Tabbita (NSW) cowboy Corey Heath.

"Corey ropes really well and is a rising star of the sport,” Miller said.

"He won two rounds with Troy Caban last year in Warwick.

"Everyone goes in there with a chance to win. With the finals only over four rounds, it is important to get off to a good start in the first couple of rounds.

"Every time I have won a title, I have started well at the finals.”

"My best horse Shoc N Roc has a minor injury but my wife Shellie has been looking after him and he should be right.”

If not, Miller has two younger horses he has roped on and could use either next week.

Former Warwick High student Lee Kimber is a finalist in three events, including team roping.

The favourites are Shane Kenny from Emerald and Clermont rider Brendan Kenny who won last year and set a new record at the Emerald Rodeo this year.

The first of the action in The Carlton Dry Warwick Rodeo National Finals will be at 6pm Thursday next week with round 1. The top 15 in all eight APRA events will compete next week.

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