Celebrate Easter at rodeo
Huge program coming up over long weekend
THERE are 2000 nominations for 10 Australian Professional Rodeo Association rodeos in three states at Easter.
There will be four rodeos in Victoria, four in Queensland and two in New South Wales.
Victorian rodeos are at Great Western, Omeo, Buchan and Lang Lang on successive days from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
There is a rodeo at Deniliquin in New South Wales on Easter Saturday and Tocumwal on Easter Sunday.
In Queensland, the rodeo action will start with the Destiny Downs Timed Event Fiesta Rodeo at Emerald and an Xtreme Bull Ride at Roma on Good Friday then move to the Emerald Easter Sunflower Festival Rodeo on the Saturday and head south for a full championship points rodeo at Roma on Easter Sunday.
Most of the Queensland riders are concentrating on the rodeos in their own state but there will some traffic across the New South Wales/Victoria border as riders take in the action at four Easter Rodeos in Victoria and two in New South Wales.
Tooma (NSW) Saddle Bronc rider Brad Pierce is competing in rodeos in both states.
In Victoria, he will come up against riders from three other states, including Broadford (Vic) cowboy Luke Chaplain, Goolwa (SA) Saddle Bronc rider David Stacey and Penguin (Tas) rider Ty King.
One of the tightest battles in Victoria will be between APRA All Around Cowgirl Champion Shianne O’Donoghue-Kent (Bunyip, Vic) and her aunt Cherie O’Donoghue (Lockington, Vic) in the Barrel Race and Breakaway Roping.
The timed events in Queensland will be close with Emerald rider and multiple APRA All Around Cowboy title winner Shane Kenny from Emerald up against two of the best in the business - Shane Iker (Alton Downs) current All Around Champion Cowboy and Clancy Middleton (Hughenden) as well as young gun Campbell Hodson from Townsville.
The 10 Easter rodeos will be crucial as competitors chase prize money and Championship Points in the battle for top 15 spots and qualifying for The Warwick Rodeo National Finals in Queensland at the end of October. APRA Rodeo program
■ April 14: Roma Bull Ride, Qld, Bassett Park, start 6pm
■ April 14: Destiny Downs Timed Event Fiesta Rodeo, Emerald, Qld, 24812 Capricorn Highway, 1pm
■ April 14: Great Western Rodeo, Victoria, Great Western Recreation Reserve, 3pm
■ April 15: Emerald Easter Sunflower Festival, Qld, Emerald Showgrounds, 5.30pm
■ April 15: Deniliquin Under the Stars Rodeo, NSW, Racecourse Arena, 5pm
■ April 15: Omeo Rodeo, Victoria, 80 Bilton St, Omeo, 10am
■ April 16: Roma Rodeo, Qld, Bassett Park, 2pm
■ April 16: Buchan Rodeo, Victoria, 2063 Bruthen Rd, South Buchan, 10am
■ April 16: Tocumwal Rodeo, NSW, Tocumwal Recreation Reserve, 5pm
■ April 17: Lang Lang Rodeo, Victoria, Lang Lang Showgrounds, 10am
TOP TEAM: Shane (left) and Jordan Iker will be worth a watch in the APRA timed events in Queensland.