WARRING STATES: Proserpine cowboy Owen Lee won the bareback bronc Battle of the States on Warhorse at the weekend.
WARRING STATES: Proserpine cowboy Owen Lee won the bareback bronc Battle of the States on Warhorse at the weekend. Darren Lee

Lee matches Maroons win

RODEO: The region recorded its own Maroon victory at the weekend with Proserpine cowboy Owen Lee impressing in the Mareeba Rodeo and Festival’s Battle of the States.

Claiming the bareback bronc win for Queensland, Lee said he drew an old nemesis for the event – Warhorse.

“I got him at Moranbah and he actually got the win,” he said.

“He sort of beat me up a bit; rearranged a couple of ribs and bucked me off.”

The local cowboy said the horse had tried to do the same again.

“He considers himself an outlaw when he’s in the shute,” Lee said.

“He well and truly tries to make you nervous.”

Despite Warhorse’s attempt to blow up, Lee clung on for 80 points, the highest bareback score of the weekend.

“(He was) jumping high in the air and kicking up over his head,” Lee said.

“So it made for an awesome ride.”

This is the second time Lee has taken out the event, having claimed the laurels in 2015.

In a reflection of their football counterparts, the Queensland team also recorded the overall series win.

“That’s the fifth States rodeo I’ve been invited to compete in and that’s the first time I’ve ever been in a Queensland team that’s won,” Lee said.

“So it was great finally getting a win in the Queensland jersey.”

In the overall rodeo standings, Lee landed in fourth place after once again drawing Warhorse in the finals.

The points further extend Lee’s lead in the North Queensland Titles.


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