The country's top cowboys and cowgirls will converge at the Dalby Showgrounds in Queensland to compete at the prestigious NRCA 2016 National Rodeo Finals (November 4-6).
Crowds can expect breathtaking performances as some of this year's sizzling line up includes junior riders Haider Alhaznawi and Dunhill Abriol, open bull and saddle event sensation A J Riley, Jesse Glass and Matt Bee in the open bull ride, saddle bronc riders John McNamee and Brad Meagher, world rated bareback rider Dave Worsvold, 2014 and 2015 NRCA Australian Bareback Champion Dinny Moran,champion cowgirl’s Rachael Little and Teal Ayers and 18-year-old Ben Walsh, who's had a meteoric rise since he started riding in 2015.
“The National Rodeo Council of Australia finals event showcases the best competitors from five different rodeo associations. All compete for the coveted NRCA Australian champion buckle in each rodeo discipline,” says NRCA Chairman Pat Staines.
“The event is particularly thrilling because cowboys and cowgirls from isolated areas who may not have had the chance to attend some of the bigger rodeos can finally test their mettle and their finals' aspirations.”
The Queensland Rodeo Association is an NRCA member, QRA Director Yvonne Finger said the National Rodeo Finals event helps to inspire and entertain people of all ages.
“Rodeo is an integral social event on community calendars. It's an event that allows people of all ages to have a night out and relax, and gives young people a controlled environment to go to,” she said.
“Many tourists visit for the novelty, which is fantastic as tourism brings business to small communities.”
Competitor event highlights to watch out for:
- there will be a classy line-up of young guns in the Junior Bulls
- bull, saddle and bareback will be hotly contested events, right down to the last rodeo
- many of the riders have a long tradition of rodeo riding in their families
- many competitors travel from far and wide to attend the finals event
“Rodeo is a high adrenaline sport,” says NRCA General Manager Janelle Barraclough.
“It provides spectators with insight into Australian rural life and entertainment outside of the box as they watch man versus beast battle it out in the arena or race against the clock to see who comes out on top. It’s raw, it’s gutsy and that’s what people want to see.”
The Rodeo finals will also include the Unique Horseman Colt Starting Challenge, the Dalby Ute Muster, the Hopes n Dreams Pink Lady Barrel Classic and an appearance by the NRCA's Rodeo Queen of Australia Miss Bessie Smits. * 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.