Lachlan Slade in action at the Darwin Rodeo.
Lachlan Slade in action at the Darwin Rodeo. DENNIS KLAU

Slade confident of rodeo win

WARWICK cowboy Lachlan Slade goes into next week's Australian Professional Rodeo Association Junior Nationals Finals at the Warwick Showgrounds with the pro tour junior steer riding title in his keeping.

He will be presented with his pro tour buckle at the finals, but is confident he can also win the 2010 title next Thursday and Friday.

“I am confident I can win after coming fifth in the finals last year,” Slade said.

Slade is the only Warwick competitor in the finals. His best performances this season so far are wins in the junior steer and novice bull rides at Darwin.

After a second in the novice bull ride at Moree and third in steer riding two weeks ago, Slade bucked off in both events at Narrabri last weekend.

He is in a field of 10 in the junior steer ride next week, including one girl, Amanda Watson, from Whorouly, Victoria.

Koyuga, Victoria, star Cody Tyrell is second behind Slade in pro-tour winners, and will compete next week.

Two steer riders to watch are Crows News star James McGuire-Spalding, a descendant of legendary Taroom cowboy Jim McGuire.

Finalist Jackson Gill hails from Upper Horton in New South Wales and is a member of the Gill family which supplies many of the rough stock on the rodeo circuit.

In junior events, boys and girls are eligible to compete in all events, the steer ride, barrel racing and breakaway roping. In open ranks, the barrel racing and breakaway roping are just for cowgirls.

Bunyip (Queensland) rider Shianne O'Donoghue-Kent is ninth in the open breakaway roping in the APRA so is one of the favourites for the two rounds of the junior finals on Thursday night and final round on Friday night next week at the Warwick Showgrounds.

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