Rodeo action in Finley this Friday
The annual Finley Rodeo, one of the region’s major events for the year, is back this Friday.
The 35th anniversary of the Finley Apex Club’s action-packed rodeo will feature some of Australia’s best bucking broncs and bulls.
Among the beasts taking to the rodeo arena in Finley will be Cheyenne Brave, Pretty Valley and Medicine Woman.
Finley Apex president Lachlan Kerr said this year’s number of competitors is up from last year’s event, with more than 350 entries in the 14 events.
‘‘We’re hoping the more competitors will bring a bigger crowd this year,’’ he said.
‘‘We had just over 500 spectators last year and this year we’re aiming to get 1000 through the gate.
‘‘It’s an official Australian Professional Rodeo Association competition round, with riders looking to earn competition points.
‘‘Because it’s a twilight event it will be a bit cooler, so hopefully the heat shouldn’t deter people from coming.
‘‘It’s also a great way to spend a night with the family, with plenty for parents and kids to do.’’
In the bull riding arena, cowboys will be faced with fierce bucking bulls like Mr Fabulous, Broken Promise, Big Mistake and many more.
All the animals are supplied by the leading McPhee Rodeo Company, which is known to have some of the best stock in Australia.
The nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls will be competing in a number of different events such as the bull ride, saddle bronc ride, bareback ride, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, team roping, barrel racing and lots more.
There will also be junior events including the steer ride, breakaway roping and barrel racing.
Away from the rodeo arena, there will be a licensed bar, refreshments and food available during the night.
There’s also plenty for the family to do with the bucking bull, side shows, rides and snow cones to beat the heat, as well as a bar and food area, with the event strictly no BYO.
The twilight event will be held at the Finley Showgrounds with gates open at 5.30pm and rodeo action beginning at 7pm.
■ Candice Douglass in action during in the Break Away Roping at last year’s Finley Rodeo.