Ryan Wiggins - Provincial jockeys' premiership winner
The man they call “Wiggo” certainly earns his winners, travelling far and wide to boot them home.
The Group-1 winning rider is a regular at Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and across South East Queensland and his tireless work ethic handed him the most winners on the provincial scene this past year.
It has been a year to remember for Wiggins, cracking the ton for just the second time in the last decade, with the 2020/21 campaign his career best result.
Wiggins rode more winners on the provincial circuit than any other jockey over the last 12 months.
Fellow hard-working hoop Justin Stanley finished second to his mate Wiggins.
Stanley looked to have the provincial premiership win stitched up in January, but a shoulder injury has put the respected jockey on the sidelines ever since.
Tanya Parry - Country trainers’ premiership winner
The veteran Julia Creek trainer is one of the stalwarts of Queensland bush racing and was rewarded with her best season over the last decade.
Parry went past 50 winners for the first time over the last 10 years.
Parry is known to travel all around the state and regularly fills up the fields at non-TAB club’s several hours away from her Julia Creek base.
That is backed up by the numbers, starting 550 horses over the last 12 months, with just under a 10% strike rate.
Parry collected 15 more victories than the Moranbah’s Bevan Johnson on the country circuit this year, who finished second in the trainers’ premiership.
Alisha Ross - Country jockeys' premiership winner
At the top of the rider’s leader board at the end of the bush season – it was the three “A’s” who stood above all else, alongside experienced rider Dan Ballard.
The top three leading non-TAB hoops this season were Alisha Ross, Anna Bakos and Angela Jones – all three female apprentices.
They led the pack for much of the season, before Ballard fought his way into the top three in the final weekend of racing, finishing equal-third in the premiership alongside Jones on 37 victories.
It was Barcaldine’s Ross who rode more winners than her fellow up-and-coming hoops, piloting 46 across the last 12 months, with Bakos and Jones both under 10 winners behind Ross.
It was a career best season for Ross, who works for trainer Todd Austin, going well past her personal best of 22 victories way back in the 2017/18 campaign.
"Winning the premiership has been a goal of mine," Ross, whose son Beau turns two in September, said recently.
"Now that I'm about to win both premierships (apprentices and overall jockeys) there's a sense of achievement.”