Local cowboy glory
TWO Wandoan cowboys have taken out top places in their events at last week's famous and ever-popular Warwick Rodeo, winning finals, titles and high scores in the APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) competition.
David Worsfold, who competed in the Bareback Riding section, placed second in the finals and won the Australian title.
Cameron Webster won the Saddle Bronc Australian Title.
Mr Worsfold said it was "always good to win”.
He won this year across the four rounds of the competition with a high score of 82, and scores in the other rounds of 78, 73 and 76.
"It's always a challenge but it's always good getting on a horse that you know is really good or a horse that you've never been on before.”
Mr Worsfold, 35, started bareback riding when he was 19 and has spent eight years competing in America, returning in 2012 to compete around Australia.
He won the Warwick Rodeo APRA Bareback Riding title in 2015 and 2016, and won bareback riding competitions this year at rodeos in Nebo, Cloncurry, and Mt Isa.
Mr Worsfold, who has also travelled to New Zealand, Canada and Brazil, said he enjoyed the adrenalin rush.
"You can't really describe the feeling you get from it.
"But when it comes down to it, I enjoy it for the fun of it.
"Warwick is one of the traditional rodeos that hasn't changed much.
"The rodeo is probably the same now as it was 34 years ago.”
The Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft, also known as 'Australia's Most Famous' rodeo, attracted an estimated 30,000 people this year, with competitors and horses travelling from throughout Australia.
Also from Wandoan, Cameron Webster, who competed in the Campdraft competition and Saddle Bronc, said 15 finalists had competed in the APRA national finals Saddle Bronc at this year's Warwick event.
"I had a bit of a lead going in there so I was pretty confident, but I wasn't as good in the finals as I wanted to be, but I ended up winning.”
He said "years of practice” had helped him make it to the top, as well as his passion for a "challenge”.
The competition is run over four rounds of eight- second rides and Mr Webster, who has been competing for 12 years as well as every year for the past 10 years in Warwick, didn't fall off in any of his rounds.
"I wouldn't say I'm any better than the next bloke. I just try and put in as much as I can.”
"I have been hurt bad a couple of times. In America I tore all the muscles in my right thigh and ... I've broken a few bones and that does not even compare.”
He said this year he had travelled to Tasmania, South Australia, Darwin, Mt Isa, and Cloncurry for competitions, with his next contest set for this weekend at K Ranch Arena in Sydney.