LIKELY FINALIST: Peel Tribe rides well on Wrangler Jane on his way to October national finals at the Warwick Showgrounds.
LIKELY FINALIST: Peel Tribe rides well on Wrangler Jane on his way to October national finals at the Warwick Showgrounds. Dave Ethell

Warwick businessman, 37, to make national rodeo finals

RODEO: Warwick is set to have the oldest finalist in the saddle bronc ride at The Warwick Rodeo Nationals Finals on October 27-30 this year.

Peel Tribe, 37, is one of four Warwick riders set to compete in saddle bronc at the national finals with only rodeos to go at Moree, Albury and Narrabri in the current Australian Professional Rodeo Association season.

There is an outside chance of a fifth finalist with Lachlan Miller winning at Emerald at Easter but he will need to place well in the next three weeks to make it into the top 15. After leading the standings for most of the season, Warwick cowboy Michael Maher has dropped back to third behind leader John McNamee (Millmerran) and Greg Hamilton (Mitchell).

Maher's close mate and fellow Warwick rider Mark Collins is fourth in the standings.

Tribe is in eighth place and Lane Grayson 10th.

The four from the Warwick area are often joined by Hamilton for the long treks south for rodeos in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Tribe placed at 11 of 12 rodeos he contested in January in the southern states.

"I love the rodeos in Victoria. Many attract crowds of 6000 to 7000," he said.

Late last year, Tribe decided he was going to make it to the finals and did the travelling to make it a reality.

"I wanted to compete in my hometown rodeo so had to make the top 15," he said.

He doesn't have a coach but said the four from Warwick and Hamilton helped each other on the circuit. In 2014, Tribe won second division at the Warwick Rodeo and last August Lane Grayson from Swanfels was second in second-division in Warwick after winning the same event at the Mt Isa Rodeo.

After playing junior rugby league for Goondiwindi and then hooker for Nudgee College in GPS rugby union, Tribe decided rodeo was his sport at age 20.

He has done it off and on for 17 years and now lives in Warwick where he operates two businesses: Condamine Steel and Condamine Fabrications. The Warwick area could have a representative in bareback with Fred Osman 17th before the start of Easter rodeos.

The rough stock riders are likely to be joined by some Warwick timed event riders at the finals.

Shellie Miller is 12th in the barrel race and husband Jeff Miller 17th in team roping.

Jeff and son Kobe both placed at Easter so could easily move into the top 15 in team roping.

Mitch Eastwell won the rope and tie at Emerald and was fourth in steer wrestling at Roma with his brother Brock sixth.



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