MURRURUNDI’S Jo Farquar was blistering around the barrels on the opening night of the ABCRA National Finals, producing a record-breaking run.
Farquar is no stranger to success and has now added an Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC) record to her long list of achievements.
The former All Round Cowgirl is on her way to repeating her 2010 finals efforts when she won the Barrel race average, after recording a new AELEC record time of 17.23secs to win the opening round.
The previous record was 17.3secs set by Moree’s Wendy Caban during round three of the 2009 finals.
Jessica Norton was quickest off the mark in the Breakaway Roping, making the catch in 3.15 seconds, while Attunga’s Jannette Glass was the night’s champion in the Steer Undecorating with 2.47 seconds.
Local competitors Casey Tribe and Ty Parkinson are now in the race for the finals average title in the Team Roping after taking out round one in 7.19 seconds.
For Emerald competitor Clancy Middleton, the drive was well worth it, claiming the cash in the Steerwrestling with 4.33 seconds.
David Worsfold was number one in the Bareback event and thrilled the crowd with a great 77-point ride.
All Round Cowboy leader Carl Green (Walcha) went a point better to win the opening round of the Saddle Bronc, scoring 78.
The night finished up with the Bull Ride which was an unbelievable event with great stock.
Brad Pierce was the one who brought the crowd to its feet with an 84-point ride.
Tonight’s third round will be turning the AELEC pink to raise money for breast cancer research.