NRCA 2016 National Rodeo Finals promises 3-days of explosive action in Dalby

Posted on October 30, 2016 by Janelle Barraclough

Australia's ultimate rodeo event is again set to electrify crowds with nail-biting thrills, spills and spectacular showmanship at the Dalby Showgrounds in Queensland (November 4-6).

The 2016 National Rodeo Finals, hosted by the National Rodeo Council of Australia (NRCA), focuses on delivering value-for-money entertainment for families. Highlights will include Ashton circus performers, amusement rides, a country and western trade fair and a food alley along with the exhilarating National Rodeo Finals event, showcasing two nights of non-stop action from some of the country's finest rodeo riders.

Photo Credit: Dave Ethell Photos

NRCA General Manager Janelle Barraclough said she was expecting another record-breaking crowd.

“We're in for an amazing on-the-edge-of-your-seat display of skills from our most talented cowboys and cowgirls. From the fast paced action of the ladies in the barrel race, to the thrills and spills of the rough stock bull riding and bronc rides, the 2016 finals is jam packed with a number of crowd-pleasing events,” she said. 

Now in its 23rd year, the finals' line up will also feature:

  • the Unique Horseman Colt Starting Challenge (10-3pm each day). This year will see the introduction of the Cowboy Up Challenge, where over 3 days, 3 legends and 3 young guns jostle for supremacy in the art of handling and starting unbroken young horses.
  • the Dalby Ute Muster (Saturday, 5 November, from 3-4pm. Gates open 2pm).
  • the Hopes n Dreams Pink Lady Barrel Classic (Sunday morning, 5 November, at 9am)
  • the glitz and glamour of the NRCA's very own Rodeo Queen of Australia Miss Bessie Smits who will be making a special appearance and will also lead the grand entry.

Photo Credit: Mel Spittall

Since Australia held its first official rodeo in the 1920’s, the sport has progressed from a country field day event to one that attracts crowds from all walks of life. 

NRCA General Manager, Janelle Barraclough says,“It's the traditional sport of the bush. Rodeos are particularly important to rural communities because they teach participants the everyday skills they need to properly handle and care for their animals on their farm or station,” she said. 

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Donna Ashurst said Dalby was excited to host the National Rodeo Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

"Our community truly comes alive when the rodeo comes to town. Not only do the finals add to the vibrancy of our region, the event allows residents and visitors alike to experience our great country hospitality along with Dalby's many historic and natural attractions,” Ms Ashurst said. 

Dalby Town Centre. Photo credit: Western Downs Regional Council

* 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 assists 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 attractions in Dalby and the Western Downs, visit or like the Facebook Page @ourwesterndown.


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