Rodeo fi­nals three weeks away

Dalby Herald - - SPORT -

RODEO: The 17th an­nual NRCA Na­tional Rodeo Fi­nals are just three weeks away, with rid­ers and fans gear­ing up for the three-day event.

Tick­ets are sell­ing fast for the NRCA Na­tional Rodeo Fi­nals at the Dalby Show­grounds.

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.

“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,” she said.

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.”

“This year, we’ve also in­creased the prize money from $1500 to $2500 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.”

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.

“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.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the gate or on­line at na­tion­al­rodeo­coun­cil.com.au or by call­ing the NCRA of­fice on (02) 6737 3777.

PHOTO: FILE

RODEO FI­NALS: Dinny Mo­ran on Har­lem Shuf­fle at the 2015 NRCA Na­tional Rodeo Fi­nals.

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