CQ riders just miss out on Gold Cup
CAMPDRAFTING: Clermont's Berry Shann finished an agonising second in the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting, the annual Warwick Gold Cup.
The replica Warwick Gold Cup will be heading just across the border into New South Wales after the win on Sunday afternoon by Lloyd Brown on Mallanganee Sampson.
Brown lives at Mallanganee near Kyogle in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales.
The Mallanganee rider went into the final of the Pryde's EasiFeed Warwick Gold Cup with a four-point lead after scores of 90 in each of the two rounds.
In the final, Ben Hall from Muttaburra took the early lead on Eltorrio with 260 and then Tamworth rider Hugh Miles went to the top of the standings with 263 on Honey.
Brown was 7th rider into the arena and lost his hat half way through his run on Sampson but show great composure to score 86 for a three-round score of 266 and the lead.
There was large cheering from the crowd which started when he steered his beast around the peg near the Geraghty Bar and fans realised they may be watching the winning Gold Cup ride.
His 266 total meant the three remaining riders on 176 had to score 90 to draw level or 91 to win.
Ben Hall moved into equal fourth on 257 with Grandee, a score levelled two runs later by his father Terry Hall from Goondiwindi on Hazelwood I'm A Gangster, a horse owned by Terry and Geraldine Dwan, from Warwick.
Less than half the riders were getting through much of the course with the droughtmasters steers of Mac and Gayle Shann from Clermont proving tough. Warwick rider Ben Tapp rode last year's winner Acres Of Roses but missed a course score so finished with 194.
There were only minor changes on the leader board until Central Queensland rider Berry Shann scored 88 for a 264 total to move into second. That put Miles back to third.
Ben Hall had four horses in a field of 35 in the final.
Rodeo action is now on at the Warwick Showgrounds with the national finals action in the APRA.
1 Lloyd Brown (Mallanganee) on Mallanganee Sampson 266
2 Berry Shann (Central Queensland) on Omiss 264
3 Hugh Miles (Tamworth) on Honey 263
4 Steve Comiskey (Capella) on Gigalo 261