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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NRCA National Rodeo Finals returns for 3 days of heart-pounding action at Dalby Showgrounds

Posted on October 14, 2017 by Janelle Barraclough

Tickets are selling fast for one of Australia's most loved rodeos, the adrenaline-fuelled NRCA National Rodeo Finals at the Dalby Showgrounds in Queensland (November 3-4).

Now in its 17th year, the event offers all the crowd-pleasing showmanship, entertainment and family activities fans have come to expect – and much more.

NRCA General Manager Janelle Barraclough said organisers were delighted to secure as the prime comedy act, ‘Big Al' Wilson, who has won the title of Best Rodeo Clown Entertainer in Australia 15 times and Funniest Rodeo Clown in New Zealand 5 times.

Big Al Wilson. Photo Ben MacRae Photography

“We know he'll bring his special brand of comedy to the event, along with his monster truck act which will be an instant hit with the kids. In keeping with our mission to make this a value-for-money event, family passes now include an extra child or pensioner to help with the cost of attending,” she said. 

“This year, we've also increased the prize money from $1,500 to $2,500 for senior events, culminating in over $35,000 in prize money on offer. This enables us to continue raising the bar on industry standards, while rewarding the efforts of our premium riders.”

This year's event will see the return of popular events including:

  • the highly anticipated Dalby Ute Muster (Saturday, 4 November, from 3-4pm, just prior to the grand final performance).
  • the Hopes n Dreams Pink Lady Barrel Classic, which raises funds for breast cancer (Saturday, 4 November, from 9am-10am)
  • an introduction to the new 2018 Rodeo Queen of Australia Rebekah McMahon.
  • the U14 junior pony bareback ride, a definite crowd favourite.
  • entertainment by the legendary country singer Mik Oberle (Saturday night 10pm till late)

Mrs Barraclough said the “best of the best” Australian cowboys and cowgirls would showcase their jaw-dropping skills in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, rope and tie, barrel racing, bull riding and best all-around rider. 

Bradley Brown NRF16. Photo Dave Ethell Photos

“We're expecting record numbers of families and rodeo enthusiasts to come down and check out the thrills and spills of the event. Rodeos are a unique sport that capture the true spirit of the bush, and an unforgettably epic experience,” she said.

Camping is available free of charge, however no eskies are allowed at the event. Tickets are available at the gate or online at: or by calling the NRCA office on (02) 6737 3777. 

* The NRCA is the first organisation made up and run by a united body of rodeo associations nationally. Formed in 1992, the not for profit actively promotes the sport of rodeo in Australia. The NRCA also helps members with insurance, training and safety, animal welfare, and information on government regulations and policies.

For more details, contact Janelle Barraclough on: (02) 6737 3777, or For more information on Dalby and the Western Downs, visit or like the Facebook Page @ourwesterndown

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2017 Rodeo Queen of Australia to shine at NRCA National Rodeo Finals

Posted on November 02, 2016 by Janelle Barraclough

2017 Rodeo Queen of Australia to shine at NRCA National Rodeo Finals

The newly crowned Rodeo Queen of Australia, Bessie Smits, will make her first official appearance at the NRCA 2016 National Rodeo Finals at the Dalby Showgrounds, Queensland, this weekend. She will also help with presentations and appear throughout the day for photos and autographs.

“I cannot wait to make my debut as Rodeo Queen of Australia at such a prestigious event. It will be amazing to watch Australia's best rodeo athletes compete for a national title,” she said. Hailing from Perth but a country girl through and through, Ms Smits confesses she's smitten with the sport.

She's loved horses since she can remember, owning her first at age 10 when her family moved to rural Queensland. She became a serious show jumper, placing in the State's top 10 for a few rounds. “I had some great memories with my late father working at rodeos. My local pony club would volunteer and my father and I worked with the roping and rough stock,” Ms Smits said.

“He was not a horse or cattleman by any means, and you could see how uneasy he was opening the gates for the ranker bulls and horses after their rides. But he really demonstrated the endearing qualities of rodeo, which is getting out of your comfort zone and having a go no matter what.”

Ms Smits has recently been able to unleash her passion for rodeos after meeting her partner, who comes from a riding family.

“I have competed in barrel racing in the past but have found my calling recently in breakaway roping. What I love the most about the sport is the development and growth I have seen in my horse and myself as a horsewoman,” she says. “Rodeo produces tough people who are filled with endurance. Also, the atmosphere is absolutely breathtaking.”

Ms Smits said she was thrilled to be an ambassadress for the National Rodeo Council of Australia (NRCA) and the sport itself. In 2017, she will travel in Australia and overseas (for a 21-day whirlwind promotional tour through Canada and the US).

She said the Australian Rodeo Queen Quest, which started in 1992, was an amazing opportunity for women to build confidence and lifelong personal skills.

“It's a privilege to be the Rodeo Queen of Australia. We give children and young women a positive role model to aspire to, and I'm incredibly excited about my up and coming year,” Ms Smits said.

This Thursday locals in Dalby will get the opportunity to meet Ms Smits firsthand when she participates in a mini street parade to help promote this weekends National Rodeo Finals alongside ‘Monty’ the bullock as they roam Cunningham Street in the city centre. Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh Mayor will also be in attendance for a Meet n Greet at Dalby Shopping World from 3.30pm.

* The NRCA is the first organisation made up and run by a united body of rodeo associations nationally. The not for profit actively promotes the sport of rodeo in Australia. The NRCA also helps members with insurance, training and safety, animal welfare, and information on government regulations and policies.

For more details, contact Janelle Barraclough on (02) 6737 3777 or Visit the website on

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