Rodeo to ring in the new year at Mitchell

The Western Star - - RURALWEEKLY -

A NEW Year’s Eve Rodeo at Mitchell will be the first in Queens­land for the Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion in the new sea­son.

The 2016-2017 sea­son ended on Septem­ber 30 and the top 15 qual­i­fied for the War­wick Rodeo APRA Na­tional Fi­nals in late Oc­to­ber.

Now all at­ten­tion moves to the new sea­son.

The ma­jor­ity of APRA rodeos in the first three months of the sea­son are in the south­ern states cul­mi­nat­ing in the Christ­mas Run of five rodeos which start on Boxing Day with the Myrtle­ford Golden Spurs Rodeo in Vic­to­ria and end on Jan­uary 5 with a rodeo at Fin­ley in New South Wales.

The New Year’s Eve Rodeo at Mitchell is a new ad­di­tion to the APRA pro­gram.

One of the best known rid­ers from Mitchell over the years has been sad­dle bronc rider Greg Hamil­ton who has made it to the na­tional fi­nals.

Teal Ayers hails from Roma and will be a strong chance in cow­girls events.

She was ju­nior all around cow­girl win­ner and ju­nior bar­rel rac­ing cham­pion in the APRA in 2015 and placed third in round two of the break­away rop­ing at the na­tional fi­nals in Oc­to­ber.

Two of the rough stock rid­ers to watch at Mitchell will be Wan­doan pair Cameron Web­ster (sad­dle bronc) and David Wors­fold (bare­back).

The APRA rodeos in Novem­ber are a cham­pi­onship points rodeo at Ka­punda (SA) on Novem­ber 11, the K Ranch Cow­boy Christ­mas Rodeo in New South Wales on Novem­ber 12, an Xtreme Bulls event at K Ranch at Mt Hunter (NSW) on Novem­ber 18 and an Xtreme Bulls event at Lep­ping­ton (NSW) on Novem­ber 25.


Teal Ayers will be a strong chance in cow­girls events at Mitchell.

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