LOCKINGTON cowgirl Cherie O’Donoghue is once again a favourite to take out the Barrel Race and Breakaway Roping events at a rodeo in Ballarat.
Riders from across the country will compete in rodeos at Ballarat, Ross in Tasmania, and Penrith in New South Wales, this weekend in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.
Locky rider O’Donoghue is one of the most successful cowgirls in APRA history and will compete in the Barrel Race and Breakaway Roping.
The best cowgirls in the nation will compete in the Barrel Race which has attracted 40 nominations in both the Open and Junior events.
She has an outstanding record throughout her career that includes being crowned Australian All-Round cowgirl five times, the Breakaway Roping Champion of 2003, Australian Rookie Team Roping Champion 2001, and seven time Australian Pro-Tour All Round Cowgirl between 2000 and 2007.
O’Donoghue is also a five time Australian Pro-Tour Barrel Racing Champion, and 12 time Victorian All-Round Cowgirl between 1998 and 2009.
She also tops the list for being the highest female prizemoney earner in a season in Australia, raking in a cool $39,000 in 2003, and having the highest barrel racing earnings in a year in Australia ($23,000 in 2003).
Alongside O’Donoghue will be fellow Victorian cowboy Terry Evison, of Pine Grove, who is one of the favourites in timed events.
There are 13 nominations in Breakaway Roping, including past National Finalist Danielle Marshall, of Natone.
Many of the best bull riders in the nation will head to the western outskirts of Sydney for the Penrith Xtreme Bulls event at the Jamison Hotel on Saturday night.
There are 24 nominations for the Bull Ride including star Victorian Bryden Atkins, of Docher, and Jake Whalan, of Mt Coolon, North Queensland. The young guns at Penrith will be led by Lavington rider Ben Gard.
Ballarat, Victoria: Rodeo starts at 6.30pm on Saturday at the Ballarat Polocrosse Grounds.
Ross, Tasmania: Rodeo starts at midday on Saturday at Ross Recreation Oval.
Penrith, NSW: Xtreme Bulls starts at 6:30pm on February 10 at Jamison Hotel, Penrith.
Tickets are available at the gate at all rodeos.