Top class stock a highlight of the NRCA 2016 National Rodeo Finals
Top class stock a highlight of the NRCA
2016 National Rodeo Finals
When it comes to rodeos, we often forget to pay homage to the sport's other 'stars' – the horses and bulls, says legendary figure Colin McTaggart.
With less than seven days to go before this year's NRCA National Rodeo Finals in Dalby, Mr McTaggart said the bucking stock for the event were being supplied by some of the best contractors in Australia.
“The cowboys and cowgirls may be the stars of the rodeo. But without the horses and bulls, they wouldn't get very far. The quality of stock at the finals event every year ensures a spectacular contest in all the rodeo disciplines as they are of the highest and toughest standard,” he said.
“One of this year's bull contractors is Ryan Allen from Roma in Queensland. He lays claim to the 2016 Queensland Rodeo Association Bucking Bull of the year, 'Supercharged Slinkey', so we can look forward to some edge-of-your-seat action there and elsewhere.”
Fraser Babbington aboard 'Supercharged Slinkey' @ Warwick 87pts
Photo: Bubblez babbereto
Mr McTaggart is the Director of the National Rodeo Council of Australia (NRCA) and the President of Rodeo Services Association (RSA).
Hailing from a highly accomplished family of rodeo riders, he began competing in 1953. During his illustrious career, he claimed five Australian and many state titles.
One of Mr McTaggart's greatest contributions to the sport has been the recent introduction of the annual Unique Horseman Colt Starting Challenge at the NRCA National Rodeo Finals.
“The welfare of our stock is paramount to all our contractors and competitors,” Mr McTaggart said.
“The NRCA, and its member associations and affiliates, abide by a strict government animal welfare code of practice. We're committed to the proper care and treatment of all animals used for display, competition and exhibition in rodeo.
“The Unique Horseman Colt Starting Challenge is an important event to help us achieve this goal. It not only showcases the incredible talents of our great horseman and women, but educates others on the most masterful and gentle ways to handle unbroken horses.”
NRCA Director & Rodeo Services President Colin McTaggart
The NRCA 2016 National Rodeo Finals will be held 4-6 November at the Dalby Showgrounds in Queensland.
For more details, contact Janelle Barraclough:
Phone: (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 assists members with insurance, training and safety, animal welfare, and information on government regulations and policies