Rodeo riders from southern NSW are dominating the standings

TOP OF THE COWBOYS: Ben Hall of Tumbarumba shows his form in the bareback event  riding the horse Swamp Fever. Picture: Dave Ethell
TOP OF THE COWBOYS: Ben Hall of Tumbarumba shows his form in the bareback event riding the horse Swamp Fever. Picture: Dave Ethell

RODEO riders from southern NSW are dominating the standings in several events.

Specialist bull rider, Ben Thorp of Young has taken the lead in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) bull ride.

He shot to the front after showing outstanding form in the Victorian long weekend rodeos at Merrijig and Chiltern to score 84 and 83 in the bull ride.

With only three weeks of the current APRA season remaining, Thorp is set to go into the Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships on October 27-30 as the favourite for the title buckle.

Table Top rider  Stephanie Gard has the chance to go for back-to-back all around cowgirl titles.

And Tumbarumba rider Ben Hall leads the bareback standings and is the highest placed rough stock rider in the all around cowboy standings. He is seventh in all around.

STANDINGS LEADERS:

  • All around Terry Evison, Lockington, Victoria
  • Saddle bronc John McNamee, Millmerran, Queensland 
  • Bull ride, Rod Thorp, Young, NSW
  • Bareback, Ben Hall, Tumbarumba, NSW 
  • Rope and tie, Lee Kimber, Lockington, Victoria 
  • Steer wrestling, Errol Frain (Yeppoon, Queensland 
  • Team roping header, Terry Evison, Lockington, Victoria 
  • Team roping heeler, Aaron Bookluck, Nilma North, Victoria
  • All around cowgirl Stephanie Gard, Lavington, NSW 
  • Barrel race Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent, Bunyip, Victoria 
  • Breakaway roping Elley Hulls, Leongatha, Victoria

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