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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