COVID-19 Latest Update 18/03/20

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Janelle Barraclough

NRCA Office Update | 

In light of the evolving pandemic and out of precaution, we have decided to close our office for the next two weeks up until 1st April effective immediately. We believe that this closure will allow us to more effectively evaluate this dynamic situation and assist us in following the advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation recommendations for minimising the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Despite this office closure, we will moving to flexible work arrangements, which means one of our representatives will always be available to answer any of your enquiries remotely via email: 

We will also continue to keep you updated through this dynamic situation via our website and social media channels.

If you require insurance during this period, our online services are available 24/7. Applications can be submitted online via our website

Please also note, insurance renewals due on the 31st March are currently being reviewed with further information to be emailed to committees and organisers in the next week in relation to policy extensions and possible changes in renewal expiry dates.

Rest assured, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers with minimal interruptions to their business and we thank you for your support and your loyalty during these challenging times.  


Yours sincerely,

Janelle Barraclough
General Manager National Rodeo Council of Australia


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COVID-19 Latest Update 15/03/20

Posted on March 15, 2020 by Janelle Barraclough

As you are aware, we are experiencing an unprecedented event with the global spread of COVID-19 which is now impacting on sporting gatherings. After meeting with state premiers and chief ministers today, the Prime Minister of Australia has confirmed in a national address that from Monday 16 March 2020, all NON-ESSENTIAL STATIC EVENTS in Australia with over 500 or more people should NOT be held. 

The Prime Minister further advised this measure is applied as an Australia wide measure to manage and contain the spread of COVID-19 and that should the need arise, measures will be further scaled up to address future challenges. 

This is now a directive and not advice and it is important to act in accordance with this information.

How will this affect affiliated rodeo events and social gatherings?
Events with 500 or more people who are together in close proximity for a sustained amount of time, are advised to give notice of cancellation to all stakeholders until further advice has been received from the government. 

While this advice may not apply to smaller scale events, organisers and committees of smaller gatherings are asked to use common sense principles when making the decision to run their respective events. 

If an organiser or committee fails to follow this advice, they will be answerable to state law and open to prosecution.

How will this affect our insurance?
Events cancelled due to COVID-19 will receive a waived cancellation fee for all policies with a full credit note given, which can be held over to their next event date.

If you have a committee that is conducting an event and you are unsure of your responsibilities, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for further information or visit the government health website for  details and updates.

While this is a difficult situation, the wellbeing of our participants and spectators are of utmost importance. We appreciate your support and understanding in this challenging time.

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Brush off your cowboy hats and slap some polish on your boots. It’s rodeo time in Dalby!

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Janelle Barraclough

The Dalby show grounds will be transformed into a massive array of all things country and western when the NRCA National Rodeo Finals hits town this Friday and Saturday night!

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Dalby set to host action packed National Rodeo Finals weekend and Cowboy Country Market

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Janelle Barraclough

This year’s National Rodeo Finals, set for November 2- 3, will feature a variety of new activities, an improved program and some exciting country music entertainers.

The 2018 National Rodeo Council of Australia National Rodeo Finals will offer two action-packed performances Friday and Saturday nights with a full line-up of rodeo events slated for the weekend.

2017 National Rodeo Finals Open Bull Rider Lane Howlett. Photo: Dave Ethell Photos

The competition is unique, giving competitors from six different NRCA member rodeo Associations the chance to compete at a national level for an Australian title.

“This year’s National Rodeo Finals marks our 18th anniversary, and we want to remind everyone in the area to come out and join in the fun,” said Janelle Barraclough, NRCA General Manager. “The event promises to be our best yet, with many new attractions.”

New activities at this year’s finals include NT Feature Bull 'Guns n' Roses', fire breathing performances by Goondiwindi local Blue Blaez’s and live entertainment with Homegrown (as featured on The Voice TV show), in addition to a special appearance by Rodeo Queen of Australia Rebekah McMahon, performances by rodeo favourites Mik Oberle and Comedy with Big AL PLUS the inclusion of a Cowboy Country Market which will run in conjunction with the explosive action of the National Rodeo Finals competition this year.

Fire Breathing Performer, Jess Gough from Blue Blaez's

The Cowboy Country Market which is set to become a regular feature on the annual rodeo calendar will be open to the general public Saturday Morning from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and admission is FREE!

As a visitor to the market you can expect to see all things country and western from homewares, saddlery, tack, western wear, apparel, jewellery/accessories, handmade crafts, food vendors and much more plus roaming entertainment, kids petting zoo, pony rides and FREE kids face painting from 10am-12pm. For a fun morning out, bring the family to sample what our Australian cowboy community has to offer.

Interested stallholders are advised to contact the National Rodeo Council of Australia on 02 6737 3777 or for further details

With an action-packed weekend planned, visitors are encouraged to visit Dalby and make a full weekend of it, CAMPING IS FREE at the Showgrounds from Friday through to Sunday 2-4 November.

 Advance tickets are available online HERE

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STOP PRESS! Northern Australia Bucking Bull of the Year ‘GUNS N ROSES’ to feature at the 2018 NRCA National Rodeo Finals

Posted on October 15, 2018 by Janelle Barraclough

STOP PRESS! Northern Australia Bucking Bull of the Year ‘GUNS N ROSES’ to feature at the 2018 NRCA National Rodeo Finals event in Dalby 3rd November 2018. The winner of the Open Bull ride will be offered the chance to ride 'Guns N Roses' with the chance to win an additional $2,000 on top of their NRF prize winnings!
Guns n Roses has had some of the best riders in the country take him on and after an impressive (26) buck outs, no rider has even come close to making time.
Travelling all the way from the Northern Territory, owner Dallis Wilschefski says ‘It’s an honour to have him as a feature bull at the NRCA finals. We’ll be taking our time to get down there and all going well, he should turn it on.'
Special thanks goes out to major sponsor Nautilus Aviation for their support in covering travel costs and to NRCA Director and RSA President Colin McTaggart for his continual support and encouragement.
Photo Credit: Spokz Photography

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Amazing Fire Performing act is part of this years National Rodeo Finals entertainment

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Janelle Barraclough

DALBY — New to the NRCA National Rodeo Finals event this year at the Dalby Showgrounds will be a specialty act called Blue Blaez’s.

Toowoomba local Jesse Gough, has been successfully performing his fire breathing act for over 5 years, training and performing with QJAM entertainment and some of the countries best fire performers.

Having appeared at numerous events, notably weddings, birthday parties, charity events and festivals, Jesse most loves seeing the amazement and smiles on the audiences faces when he performs and this year he says he is looking forward to sitting back and watching the bull ride at the 2018 National Rodeo Finals after his performance.

The Blue Blaez’s performance will feature fire twirling, fire breathing, dragon staff and fire on body acts to delight the crowd at this years National Rodeo Finals event on Saturday night 3rd November 2018.

For further information about the National Rode Finals log onto the website

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The VOICE Stars 'Homegrown' Set to Rock Dalby Showgrounds!

Posted on October 06, 2018 by Janelle Barraclough

Through their recent success on the TV show ‘The Voice’ – where the band made it through the blind audition (turning all 4 chairs) and battle rounds - you may have seen HOMEGROWN on TV, but now you can see them live, and hear their amazing vocals and harmonies in person!

2018 heralds the beginning of exciting times for family band ‘Homegrown’, with the release of their 6 track EP ‘Wildflower Bruises’.  Katelyn, Liam and Kasey O’Donoghue (21, 18 and 16 years) are indeed young, but musically they have maturity far beyond what the years suggest.  The three siblings have their own sound but are reminiscent of Little Big Town, Fleetwood Mac and The McClymont's, but are fast making their own name in the world of music!!

The National Rodeo Council of Australia is pleased to announce Homegrown will be performing LIVE after the Friday nights (2nd Nov) National Rodeo Finals competition from 10pm til late. Come and watch the excitement of the National Rodeo Finals and stay on for the afterparty for fun times!

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