Leading the Queensland team into enemy territory will be the 2018 PBR Australian National Champion Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD). The 21-year-old is the highest ranked Australian on the PBR World Standings leaderboard sitting 25th. After opening his 2019 season with wins in Adelaide and Portland, Oregon (Velocity Tour), Kleier has been a model of consistency adding five top-3 finishes to sit in second-place on the Aussie Standings leaderboard.
Joining Kleier is the current leader of the 2019 PBR Australia Rookie of the Year race, Brady Fielder (Clermont, QLD). The 20-year-old is ranked fourth in the country entering this weekend following a strong debut event in Adelaide and a winning performance in Marrabel. Fielder also put together a big Easter weekend in Sydney and made a brilliant ride at the Global Cup in Texas to put his riding percentage for 2019 at an even 60%.
After battling injury at the back end of the 2018 season, Mitchel Paton (Nebo, QLD) has started to put some excellent results together to find himself ranked 9th on the PBR Australian National Standings leaderboard. The 28-year-old has increased his riding percentage up to 50% and has finished in the money three times, but Paton has also added qualified rides only to miss the short-go at a further four events.
The 2018 PBR Australia Rookie of the Year Lane Mellers (Mundubbera, QLD) is the next best ranked Queenslander and gained his jersey thanks to his 13th place ranking in Australia. After a slow start to his second season on tour, the 20-year-old has now picked up cheques at six of his last nine events. Mellers’ riding percentage is approaching a healthy 33%.
Lawson Nobbs (Moura, QLD) returned to Aussie soil and picked up the win in Rockhampton a fortnight ago. The success was enough to boost the 22-year-old up to 44th in the PBR World Standings, and he also sits 15th in the Australian Standings. Nobbs has spent 2019 competing in the USA and picked up wins in Bangor, Maine (Velocity Tour) and Texarkana, Arkansas (Touring Pro). He holds an outstanding riding percentage of 61% for the year on 13-for-21 riding worldwide.
19-year-old Donovan Rutherfurd (Mount Isa, QLD) is tracking along nicely in his first full year on tour with a riding percentage of 33%. Rutherfurd put together a fourth-place finish in Ballarat and a fifth-place finish on Easter Monday in Sydney. He finds himself ranked 16th in the 2019 PBR Australian National Standings.
Joshua Jones (Kingaroy, QLD) is another Rookie of the Year contender who has been putting some beautiful rides together to sit in 18th spot on the standings leaderboard. The 21-year-old has covered 50% of his bulls so far this season. Jones has made the whistle on all seven long round bulls he has faced at the seven events he has competed in, recording six top-10 finishes in the process.
Sam Woodard (Eidsvold, QLD) picked up his Maroons’ jersey courtesy of his four Top-10 finishes early in the 2019 season. The 25-year-old is ranked 19th in the country with a riding percentage of 23% through 11 events.
Despite spending almost the entire 2019 season competing in the USA, Kurt Shephard (Atherton, QLD) finds himself ranked 21st in Australia thanks to a strong fourth-place finish at the first event of the 2019 season in Melbourne. The 24-year-old added a third-place finish in Reno, Nevada and a fourth in Portland, Oregon on the Velocity Tour before suffering a knee injury in the leadup to the Casper, Wyoming event. The PBR Origin will be Shephard’s first start since March.
Joining the Queenslanders will be international invites Francisco Morales (Mexico) and Flavio Vinícius da Silva (Brazil).
36-year-old Morales is no stranger to Australia and returns to down under following appearances in USA and Mexico to find himself ranked 90th in the 2019 World Standings. Meanwhile, 31-year-old da Silva has been competing in Australia since February and is ranked 11th on the Australian standings thanks to his 30% success rate.
Jay Borghero (Beaudesert, QLD) and Fraser Babbington (Gisborne, NZ) will be Queensland’s alternate riders.