16 October, 2023

Best of the best crowned at titles

HIS name has been ringing out of arenas all season long, and Braydon Welby has proved his talent in the Mareeba Rodeo Arena, securing the all-round cowboy in the North Queensland ABCRA Titles.

Best of the best crowned at titles - feature photo

The North’s top 10 cowboys and cowgirls gathered in Mareeba for the big event, with hopes to secure the top spot in the region and points to go towards the ABCRA Titles in Tamworth. 

Welby once again wowed the crowd, putting in his best performances yet.

It was beloved Atherton cowgirl Nicola Gava who took home the all round cowgirl title, competing at her hardest. 

She also took out the steer undecorated competition.

Local cowgirl Markayla Shephard also put on a show, winning the open women’s barrel racing.

NQ Zone president Kyle Milgate said the event was an overall success and was grateful for all the cowboys and cowgirls who put their all into the competition.

“I’m very lucky and really proud of all the competitors because they put a lot of time and effort in training and preparing for events,” he said.

“I am proud of the way the rodeo community came together and … we had a wonderful presentation breakfast the next morning.

“I was also proud to see a lot of juniors out there which was really important – it ensures the future of this sport is healthy.”


All round cowboy, bull ride, rope and tie – Braydon Welby

All round cowgirl and steer undecorating - Nicole Gava

Breakaway - Lorraine Wellby

Barrel race - Markayla Shephard 

Saddle bronc- Ben Terry 

Bareback- Ryan Livingstone. 

Team roping Header - Lee Liaver 

Team roping Heeler - Daley Tilse 

Steer wrestling - Lee Liaver 

Novice bull and Jnr bull - Tristan Pye 

Rookie Bull - Ky Borghero 

Rookie Bareback Saddle bronc and steer wrestling - Raymond Brown 

Rookie t/roping and heeling - Shyan Shepard 

Rookie Breakaway - Mikyla Hogno 

Rookie steer undecorated - Shanice Petrie

U18 Junior All round cowboy- Dallon finch 

U18 All round cowgirl - Hayley Woodhouse 

U18 Junior barrel race - Hayley Woodhouse 

Junior breakaway - Lachlan wellby 

Junior SB - Hayden Martin 

Junior Steers - Jake Simpson

U18 bending - Lachlan 

U14 all round cowboy - Josh Snell 

U14 all round Cowgirl - Tayla Furber 

U11 all round - Weston Hilditch

U11 cowgirl - Bailie Cordingley 

U8 cowboy Scout Murray 

U8 cowgirl Delta Cordingley


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