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06 November, 2013

NEW VENUE FOR APRA NATIONAL FINALS RODEO

THE National Finals Rodeo in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association will be held at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture for the first time next year.

Five rounds of the NFR will be held on May 1-4, the first time for almost four decades the major event on the APRA calendar has been held in the corridor between Brisbane and Nambour.

APRA general manager Steve Hilton said the NFR was held at Nambour in the mid to late 1970s.

“Caboolture will be user friendly for competitors with room for all horses and competition stock in the grounds of the centre,” Hilton said.

“The NFR will be more affordable to the public than in the past, particularly the cost of accommodation.

“The rodeo is being held in conjunction with the Urban Country Music Festival which will be held for the 11th time next year on the same grounds at Caboolture as the NFR.

“The APRA wants to align the NFR with a growing event like the country music.”

Events will include the bull ride, saddle bronc ride, bareback bronc ride, steer wrestling, ladies barrel race and roping.

Hilton said the number of cowgirls in the sport was increasing all the time.

“The ladies barrel race is one of our most popular events with the fans,” he said.

The NFR will be held in an indoor equestrian arena which can seat 3200 fans.

The top 15 riders for the season in all APRA championship events will qualify for the NFR.

Not only will be top riders compete at Caboolture in May but the best bucking stock in the nation will be in action at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre.

Three of the Caboolture competitors in line for the finals are the O’Neill brothers, Lachlan and Jordan, and Rachelle Carlo.

Lachlan is currently 4th in APRA standings in steer wrestling and Jordan 13th. Rachelle is in the top 10 in APRA breakaway roping standings after a second place overall at the Warwick Rodeo last weekend.

In recent years, the NFR has been held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

More information from APRA on 07 4661 8183.

 

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