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 www.nationalrodeocouncil.com.au
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.
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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:
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org or nationalrodeocouncil.com.au. For more information on attractions in Dalby and the Western Downs, visit www.ourwesterndowns.com or like the Facebook Page @ourwesterndown.
2015 Rodeo Queen of Australia Miss Latoya Wards will be jetting into Dalby later today as part of a whirlwind tour of the region to help promote this weekends National Rodeo Finals to be held at the Dalby Showgrounds 30th October – 1st November.
As Rodeo Queen of Australia, Miss Wards plays a pivotal role in the promotion of rodeo and travels extensively throughout the country and abroad encouraging participation in the sport through a number of planned promotions and appearances.
While in Dalby, Latoya will be visiting local schools, nursing homes and shopping centres to help raise awareness about the event.
Latoya first became involved in the sport back in 2007 when her Dad introduced her to then Rodeo Queen of Australia, Miss Rochelle Harrison. She vividly recalls her conversation with Rochelle who told her she would make an amazing Queen and ever since that fateful meeting, she has always held the thought in the back of her mind.
It took until 2013 when Latoya met another Rodeo Queen of Australia Miss Danielle Quinsee (who also encouraged her to enter the competition) and she was sold, entering the quest soon after.
Miss Wards says, “I entered the Australian Rodeo Queen Quest because I wanted to become a public figure and be a role model for my sister, to show her that if you work hard you can be what ever you want to be especially when you have to start at the bottom.”
The Australian Rodeo Queen Quest helps empower rural women by encouraging them to get active in sport and in their community. It is designed to open new windows of opportunities by teaching women the importance of self-worth, confidence, deportment and how to represent themselves in a positive manner.
Latoya currently competes in the ladies barrel race event on her Quarter Horse ‘Cruisee’ and what she love’s most is that everyone shares the same passion for the sport and their horses. She also enjoys the adrenalin rush that comes with competing and the bond you forge with your horse.
This year will be the first time she has attended a National Rodeo Finals event and she is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the show by making her debut as Rodeo Queen of Australia while leading the grand entry carrying the Australian flag.
Aside from participating in the grand entry, her most important role is to be a positive role model for women in rodeos by inspiring them to believe that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.
Latoya’s next promotion will be at Rokewood rodeo in Victoria on the 21st of November where she will be involved with the grand entry and the crowning of the Rokewood rodeo ‘Mr and Miss Rodeo’ competition in addition to the ‘Tiny Tots’ and ‘Princesses and Princes’ competition.2015 Rodeo Queen of Australia Miss Latoya Wards will be available for photos and autograph signing at this weekends National Rodeo Finals event for both sessions; Friday and Saturday Night. Latoya says, “I'm so excited to meet everyone and show Australia why I'm proud to represent them as Australia's Rodeo Queen.” Don’t miss out!