Troy Wilkinson wins Jack Daniels Open Bull Ride
TROY Wilkinson lives on a property opposite the Gill Brothers' bucking bull Great White but they still aren't on first name terms after the Upper Horton rider won the Jack Daniels Open Bull Ride at the Warwick Rodeo.
There was no problem of jet lag for Wilkinson who won a round on the Canadian Professional Bull Riders circuit last weekend before flying into Australia on Tuesday.
Wilkinson won with scores of 82 and 85.
"I was keen to ride Great White. He is rider friendly but hard to stay on," he said.
After taking the early lead in the final, Wilkinson was the only rider with two scores but many expected that to change when current APRA titleholder Fraser Babbington stepped on to his bull.
"Fraser is unstoppable at the moment and won a bull ride in Brisbane on Saturday night," Wilkinson said.
Every top bull has his day and Babbington hit the dust which meant Wilkinson was the only rider to go time on two bulls.
In the Daily News Open Saddle Bronc Ride, it was another rider just home from America winning.
Maldon, Victoria, cowboy Toby Collins, the only competitor to contest all three rough stock events in Warwick, won with 155 points.
He first competed in Warwick as a junior and has just returned from overseas where prizemoney paid his way.
"I have been trying to win the open in Warwick for the past three years," he said.
"Everyone wants to win Warwick. The contractors bring the best horses."
While prizemoney helps him follow a rodeo dream, Collins works as a farrier at Maldon in between events.
Collins is not fazed by competing in all three events but drops back to the bull and saddle bronc rides when he competes in North America.
He was second in the first round of the bareback in Warwick but was bucked off in the bull ride final.
Wantabadgery rider Cody Angland shared first in the Alex Turner Memorial Bareback Bronc Ride with Miles cowboy Clint Burton after both scored 152.
Wandoan rider David Worsfold was third on 151.
More rodeo photos in the Daily News tomorrow.