The much anticipated round one of the National Finals Rodeo series begins tonight with the nations most talented riders taking over the Maryborough Showgrounds.
After a jam packed 2017 schedule, competitors now make their way towards the pointy end of the season with some seriously close scores across the board.
After yet another impressive year, Jack McArthur sits comfortably at the top of the open bull ride leader board. Taylor Schultz trails close behind sitting on 1660 points followed by Joshua Jones on 1550. Jack has proven a powerful competitor over recent years and is currently chasing his fourth consecutive bull ride title.
The saddle ride competition has been a back and fourth battle all year, with Michael Neylon grasping the lead, siting on 2970 points. Jack Capewell is snapping at his heels with 2750 points and is searching for his third straight title. The Saddle ride is set to come down to the wire with both competitors capable of getting the job done. Robert Dawson wraps up third, sitting on 1280.
Bevan Brown’s currently topping the leader board in the bareback ride category with a tidy 3220 points. After titles in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2015, Bevan now looks likely to add another trophy to the cabinet. Chasing Bevan is Dinny Moran, an experienced competitor sitting on 1720 points. Dinny has proven he is no stranger to competition with his own titles in 2011, 2014 and 2016. Closing in third place is Dallas Hay on 920 points.
Rope and Tie
A familiar face to the Nationals Finals Rodeo series is that of current rope and tie leader Clay Gall. Clay has proven he has what it takes to get the job done with titles in 2014 and 2016. Clay has a small lead on 1400 points with Brock Eastwell trailing by only 160 points. In third place sits Heath Kimber, a strong competitor across the board with multiple titles including four men’s all round championships.
With four steer wrestling titles between first and second the steer wrestling finals series is set to be a nail biter. Lachlan O’Neill is sitting in first on 1080 points with Heath Kimber close behind on 1000. Closing out third place is Darryl Jones on 780.
The score difference between first and second for the barrel race is only 80 points meaning competition could go either way. Sitting in first place is Ellie Granger with former title holder Cheyenne Whitwell in second. Cheyenne was successful from 2010 – 2014 where she took out first place. Looming close behind in third place is Rachel Little on 1260 points.
Kylie Siebenhausen takes a narrow lead in the breakaway roping sitting on 920 points ahead of the first round of the finals series. In second place is Natalie Kimber who has enjoyed a so far successful season. In third sits Shanea Payne on 680 tied with Kylie Hancock in fourth.
Team Roping Header
The team roping header is led by Natalie Kimber on 680 points who has proven a strong competitor across multiple events. Gene Hingst, a five-time title winner trails close behind on 630 points. Norm Bushell wraps up the top three sitting on 540 points.
Team Roping Heeler
Two time champion Jesse Townsend leads the team roping heeler by a small 60 points, sitting on 660. Once again Heath Kimber makes the top three sitting on 600 points. Steven Augustin wraps up third place sitting on 430 points. Steve was the champion in 2014 and should not be take lightly.
Once again competition is close and can go either way. In first place Nicole Cavanagh sits on 680 points with strong competitor Katie Vaughan narrowly behind. Katie is the reigning steer undercoating champion and also won titles in 2010 and 2013. A strong competitor that will be hard to beat. Taking out third place is Rachel Little on 520 points.
Ladie’s All Round
The ladies all round leader board is full of strong competitors that are well rounded across the board. Currently ranked first is Kylie Siebenhausen on 1840 points who has had a highly successful season. In close trail is Cheyenne Whitwell sitting on 1800 points. Competition between the two will go down to the wire and make for some spectacular viewing. Natalie Kimber rounds of the top three sitting on 1730, also a threat for the title.
Men’s All Round
With numerous titles to his name, Heath Kimber continues to be strong force throughout rodeo competition. Heath has a long and successful history in the sport and now looks to add yet another accolade. He currently sits comfortably in first place on 2490 points. In second place is Brock Eastwell, another strong, well rounded competitor looking to end his season on a high. He currently sits on 1650 points followed by Clay Gall on 1500 points.
U18 Barrel Race
Given Britney Stapleton’s track record she will be hard to beat, currently sitting on 2520 points. Britney is chasing her third consecutive barrel race title. Brooke Read doesn’t sit far of the lead with 2060 points and Hanna Andersen rounds out the top three with 1760 points.
U18 Breakaway Roping
Competition in the junior breakaway roping is closer then ever leading into the first round of the National Finals Rodeo series tonight. Currently in first place is Tahnee Small with a handy 1040 points. Close behind is Jessica Mchugh with 960 points and Nicholas Giles taking third with 640 points.
U18 Bull Ride
Another tight competition between competitors in the U18 bull ride ahead of the finals series. Lane Mellers has managed to take first place with 2430 over close rival Zane Hall on 2270. Rodeo success runs right through the Hall family with Zane now continuing the streak. In third place sits Ty Thompson with 1740 points.
U15 Steer Ride
The battle for first and second sits at a tie with both competitors posting strong scores of 1250. Mack Tipper and Ty Payne share first and second place with the finals series now the deciding rounds. Capping of the top three is Montanna Long, who is not far behind with 1170 points. Montanna is the reigning champion in this category and is no stranger to success.
7-U12 Poddy Ride
Nash Jones is the current rankings leader coming into the finals series with 3370 points. A strong lead ahead of second place, Dylan Meech who holds 1833 points. Following not far behind in third place is Wesley McDonald on 1220 points.
For your chance to see these fierce competitors in action throughout a thrilling finals campaign visit the www.nationalrodeoassociation.com for more information.
NFR Round 1 – MARYBOROUGH – Saturday 11th November 2017 at 5.00pm Maryborough Showgrounds & Equestrian Centre, MARYBOROUGH
NFR Round 2 -TOOWOOMBA – Friday 17th November 2017 at 5.00pm Clive Berghoffer Events Centre, Toowoomba Showgrounds, Glenvale Road, TOOWOOMBA Book your tickets now and save $10 per Adult and $5 per child plus upgrade to festival tickets after the rodeo. www.cullyfest.com
NFR Round 3 – CABOOLTURE – Saturday 25th November 2017 at 5.00pm Caboolture Showgrounds, Beerburrum Road, CABOOLTURE