Rodeo to ring in the new year at Mitchell
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.