Willow Tree cowgirl nails hat-trick

WILLOW Tree’s Nichole Fitzpatrick is the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association’s all round cowgirl – again.

Fitzpatrick has been in a class of her own in recent seasons, with this year’s title her third in a row.

She’s the first this century to do that.

She also won the steer undecorating and breakaway roping titles for the second straight year.

In all three, she headed into the finals in the lead, by varying amounts.

“The breakaway roping it was only about $200. I had to do well in that,” Fitzpatrick said.

She did.

“I won the first round and the last round and was second in another,” she said.

It also saw her win the finals average.

She also won a round in the barrel race and placed in another, and picked up a couple of seconds in the steer undecorating.

“It’s probably the most enjoyable finals I’ve had,” Fitzpatrick said.

It comes at the back of another awesome year.

“I’ve had a great year,” she said.

“We (Fitzpatrick and husband Scott) went and did a few other things as well.”

Normally they just do the ABCRA rodeos.

“This year we went and did some of the pro rodeos (APRA) in winter – did the Northern run.

“That was really good,” she said.

Then over Christmas they did the Southern run, down in Victoria. She will probably do a few more this season, and is hoping to compete at the finals in May.

“I’m right for the ladies barrel race but I need to win a bit more money for the breakaway roping,” she said.

She is 16th at the moment  and leads both the barrel race and allround cowgirl standings.

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