Kleier set to fire in Top Guns
RODEO: Aaron Kleier is hoping his recent red-hot run continues when he lines up for the ninth and final round of the Top Guns series at the Great Western Hotel tonight.
The Clermont cowboy will be among a quality field of competitors looking to secure a finals berth and is determined to go the distance in both the open and rookie bull events.
With double points on offer tonight, Kleier needs a strong showing to land a place in the series decider in a fortnight. The top eight riders will qualify.
"I think I'm still in there with a chance. Hopefully I can ride both my bulls and place up pretty well,” Kleier said.
The 18-year-old has featured in the winner's circle in his past two events.
Two weeks ago, he won the CRCA rookie title and last weekend he backed that up with a win in the open bull and a second placing in the rookie bull at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School P&F's Bulls 'n' Barrels.
Charters Towers cowboy Daniel Jamieson is currently leading the open bull in the Top Guns, with Mitchell Paton in second place.
Dingo's Malcolm Woodard is also shaping as one to watch tonight, coming off an impressive win in the last round.
Kleier has been riding at rodeos for four years but only took the step up to open about a month ago.
"I started out on poddies and just worked my way up from there,” he said. "My dad Fred's a bull contractor so I've pretty much been around rodeo my whole life.
"I don't know what I would be doing if I wasn't doing this every weekend.”
Kleier said his main focus was to stay consistent and healthy, ultimatley competing in the PBR.