AFTER winning the breakaway roping at last weekend’s Tamworth Rodeo, Tamworth’s Lauren Smith will be one of the favourites for the September 28 Murrurundi Rodeo.
Smith was one of the five riders from northern New South Wales to finish in the top seven at the Tamworth professional rodeo.
Phillipa Leys, of Tamworth, was second, Wendy Caban, of Moree, fourth, just in front of Tamworth cowgirl Courtney Hallam.
Fellow Tamworth rider Lisa Sutherland was equal sixth.
The crowd at the Tamworth Rodeo doubled on last year which points to a successful rodeo at Murrurundi.
Both rodeos are for championship points in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association which attracts many of the best competitors in the nation.
After winning the steer wrestling at Tamworth, local rider Jade Smith will be one of the favourites.
The Murrurundi Rodeo is being organised by Mark and Julie Flanagan, of Pine Ridge, near Quirindi.
Julie performed well on a young horse at Tamworth but will face a tough field in the barrel race at Murrurundi.
Caban is the reigning APRA titleholder in the barrel race and is a likely starter at Murrurundi along with Shellie Miller (Tamworth) and Leslie Moore (Denman) who were third and fourth at the September 14 Tamworth Rodeo.
There is a rodeo at Grong Grong (NSW) on Saturday September 21.
Tamworth winners: saddle bronc Mitchell Steiger (Upper Bingara, NSW) bull ride Troy Burtenshaw (Tooraweenah, NSW) bareback David Worsfold (Wandoan, QLD) rope and tie Shane Kenny (Emerald, QLD) steer wrestling Jade Smith (Tamworth, NSW) team roping- tie Gavin Walker (Benalla, VIC) & Kacey Kenny (Emerald, QLD)/ Lee Shegog (Guanaba, QLD) & Steve Doneathy (Woodford, QLD) barrel race Rachel Little (Wandoan, QLD) breakaway roping Lauren Smith (Tamworth, NSW) jnr steer ride Bradie Gray (Hallsville, NSW) jnr rope and tie Campbell Hodson (Townsville, QLD) jnr team roping Benjamin Gard (Lavington, VIC) jnr barrel race Courtney McKinley (Willow Tree, NSW), jnr breakaway roping Jake Malay-Murphy (Lavington, VIC).