Rodeo Rocks Dalby
7th- 8th November, DALBY QLD
DALBY Showgrounds played host to the 2014 National Rodeo Finals (NRF) 7th
and 8th November with a rocking good time had by all!
The National Rodeo Council of Australia, said local support from Dalby was at an all time high this year with a good showing of up to 6,500 spectators over the three days of activities.
The atmosphere at the National Rodeo finals was electric, with some exhilarating
rides made by NRF competitors who travelled from as far as the Northern
Territory, Victoria and Western Australia over the two nights of contest.
Competition was fierce, not to mention the quality of stock supplied who were
outstanding, with some great battles held between man and beast.
The 2014 NRCA Australian Rodeo Champions included:
Barrel-TEAL AYERS, Roma QLD
Junior Breakaway- KOLT FERGUSON, Cloncurry QLD
Junior Bareback-BILLY BLACKER, Charleville QLD
Junior Bull Ride – LANE HEATON, Fernvale QLD
Ladies Breakaway Roping – JANE FAY
Ladies Barrel Race – CINDY MARSH, Ballan VIC
Team Roping Header – MYLES PENNELL, Grosmont QLD
Roping Heeler – LACHLAN ROBSON, Miles QLD
Steer Wrestling – MARCUS JONES, Glamorganvale QLD
Rope & Tie – CLAY GALL, Haigslea QLD
Bareback – DINNY MORAN, Tara QLD
Open Saddlebronc – CAMERON TAYLOR, Wallumbilla QLD
Open Bull Ride – DARCY MCBEAN, Katherine NT
Allround Cowgirl – LATTELIAH DESPIRIT, Bacchus Marsh VIC
Allround Cowboy – MARCUS JONES, Glamorganvale QLD
The undercover arena at the Dalby Showground delivered a superb viewing platform for spectators with ample seating in the grandstands for all who attended. Walking into the venue, felt like walking down sideshow alley at the Exhibition with a great array of food stalls and trade vendors on show which only added to the quality of the event.
Rodeo DJ the Gill Bros. pumped out music throughout the rodeo performance to an enthusiastic crowd. While, Mik Oberle entertained the fans and competitors on completion of the Finals with the crowd singing along at intervals, proving just how much fun you can have at one of these country events!
Rodeo Queen of Australia Renee Boston was in attendance along with Runner-Up Rodeo Queens Colleen Shields, Millie Haines and Daphne Tun who worked hard to help promote the Finals while attending local nursing homes Ningana Retirement Village, Dalby South State School and the local Kindergarden.
The Unique Horseman Colt Starting Challenge was well received by the crowd over their 3 days of competition including a successful horse sale held on Saturday afternoon with progeny by Terry Hall’s ‘Conman’ one of Australia’s top camp drafting horses in the lead up to the final night of competition for the National Rodeo Finals. Winners of this years Unique Horseman Colt Starting Challenge was Ron Wall who took out the Legends section while Brett Walsh won the Young Guns.
This is the second time the National Rodeo Finals event has been held in the
township of Dalby and with the continued support of Western Downs Regional
Council and the local community the National Rodeo Council looks forward to
basing it’s National Rodeo Finals here permanently.
Thank you to Major Sponsors: Western Downs Regional Council, Channel Seven,
Dalby Herald, Hot Fm, Western Trading Company and Rodeo Services Association.
Special thanks also to the McTaggart Family; Colin, Kim and Sharron along with
NRCA Chairman Pat Staines (who also received an award buckle for his services
to Rodeo over the past 22 years) for all of their hard work and effort in organising
The National Rodeo Finals event, is the only event of it’s kind to bring together
individual Rodeo Associations to compete for the one championship title.
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