Rodeo ac­tion in Fin­ley this Fri­day

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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.

Photo cour­tesy French's Rodeo Pho­tos.

■ Candice Dou­glass in ac­tion dur­ing in the Break Away Rop­ing at last year’s Fin­ley Rodeo.

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