CH at­tracts na­tional fi­nals

Capella ropes in the ATRA fi­nal for the first time


CAPELLA is pre­par­ing to host the up­com­ing Aus­tralasian Team Rop­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATRA) Na­tional Fi­nals with more than 300 com­peti­tors ex­pected to take part in an event that is famed as the “pin­na­cle” of the ATRA sport­ing year.

Pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralasian Team Rop­ing Tony Lil­ly­man said he was look­ing for­ward to this year’s meet, which would be held from Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 1.

He said the na­tional cham­pion would be crowned and par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors would be able to cel­e­brate the time and ded­i­ca­tion com­peti­tors put into their horses, the sport and the in­dus­try.

“Capella is shap­ing up to be the big­gest and best so far. An in­crease in mem­ber­ship num­bers across the coun­try has brought an in­flux of com­peti­tors, not only to our week­end events, but to our show­cased fix­ture – The Na­tional Fi­nals,” Mr Lil­ly­man said.

ATRA, which has been op­er­at­ing for 10 years, is a Capella In­door

Pre­lim­i­nary rounds on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28, and Na­tional Fi­nals start from Fri­day, Septem­ber 29, to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1. Anna Far­quhar on Fri­day at 5.30pm and Tammy Moxon on Satur­day at 5.30pm Free

mem­ber-based or­gan­i­sa­tion cre­ated to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for in­di­vid­u­als to par­tic­i­pate and com­pete in the unique and chal­leng­ing sport of team rop­ing, a rodeo event also known as ‘head­ing and heel­ing’.

Team Rop­ing is one of the fastest grow­ing horse sports in the world and ATRA pro­mot­ers now host more than 100 events a year across Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Mr Lil­ly­man said, “The over­whelm­ing in­crease in rop­ing qual­ity and


horse­man­ship skills is very pleas­ing and im­pres­sive form our stand­point. Com­peti­tors have also in­curred a gen­eral in­crease in their clas­si­fi­ca­tion num­bers, which can only be seen as a pos­i­tive re­flec­tion of their own progress. We are look­ing for­ward to an­other great week in cen­tral Queens­land, show­cas­ing our growth.”

Mr Lil­ly­man said ATRA was com­mit­ted to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of team rop­ing as a premier sport and in­dus­try that sup­ports and fosters the growth of the na­tional econ­omy, pos­i­tively en­gages youth to make good choices, and “stands by its mates in the true Aussie spirit and is proud of its tra­di­tions and com­mit­ment to strong fam­ily val­ues and par­tic­i­pa­tion”.


TEAM ROP­ING: The Aus­trala­sion Team Rop­ing Na­tional Fi­nals will be held in Capella Septem­ber 28-29.

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