The National Finals Rodeo is the ABCRA’s biggest event with hundreds of competitors travelling from all over the nation to compete. Throughout the year riders compete at a number of ABCRA affiliated events to accumulate points and the top point scorers in each rodeo discipline are invited to compete in the National Finals.
The 2023 National Finals Rodeo will be held from 25-27 January, 2024 in Tamworth, NSW.
With top honours and big prize money up for grabs, the National Finals Rodeo sees the top riders go head-to-head at the state-of-the-art Australian Equine & Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) in Tamworth, NSW. Held during the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival the National Finals Rodeo includes all rodeo disciplines, including:
The three-day event also shines a light on the best up and coming competitors, with a full schedule of junior and juvenile events.
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Australia’s best rodeo competitors will head to the nation’s country music capital this week for the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association’s (ABCRA) National Finals Rodeo.
The hallmark event will begin on Thursday, 19 January at the Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC) in Tamworth, NSW, kicking off three full days of rodeo action.
ABCRA Executive Officer, Craig Young, says the event will showcase the very best of Australian rodeo.
“The top 15 competitors from each rodeo discipline have been invited to compete at the National Finals Rodeo this week and we have some talented men’s, women’s and junior riders ready and raring to go,” said Mr Young.
“These riders have accumulated points by competing at ABCRA affiliated events throughout the year, so they’ll be throwing everything on the line to take out top honours.”
Among the riders competing will be Katina Matthews, who’s leading the Ladies Barrel Race, Travis Heeb in the Open Bareback, Wade McCarthy who’s leading Open Bull Ride, and Anna Crisp, in the Ladies Breakaway Roping.
The country’s best junior and juvenile riders will also take to the arena, with the junior section of the National Finals kicking off at 8am each day in the main arena.
“Our main event on Thursday will also be a dedicated family night with kids under 12 free, so I encourage everyone to get their tickets now and secure their seats,” said Mr Young.
“Country music artist and former Golden Guitar Award finalist Liam Brew will also perform for crowds on Saturday night, ahead of the final round of the National Finals Rodeo.”
The ABCRA’s National Finals Rodeo will also have a charitable side with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo on Friday night to raise money for the NSW Cancer Council.
More than $75,000 has been raised for the NSW Cancer Council since 2011 through dedicated rodeo events.
Shaen Fraser from the Cancer Council said: “Pink Ribbon events raise both awareness around women’s cancers and funding for local initiatives and support services like Inala House and Cancer Council’s Accommodation support program, Transport to Treatment and Home Help programs. These are vital services for local women and their families as they undergo cancer treatment and as part of their recovery.
“Donating just $10 can help pay for an Information Pack to help a woman cope after surgery, and a donation of $50 Can help fund a call to a cancer nurse on 13 11 20, that informs and supports a woman through a breast cancer diagnosis.”
Saturday’s main event will be the Bruce Green Memorial, in aide of Lifeline and local mental health support services.
“Representative from these organisations will be out and about during our main events, so I encourage everyone attending to dig deep and support them, as they provide critical services to our region,” said Mr Young.
The junior sections of National Finals Rodeo will kick off at 8am each day and are free to enter. Tickets for the main events can be purchased via entertainmentvenues.com.au
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