ROPING THE STEER: A competitor at the Blackwater Rodeo lassoes away.
ROPING THE STEER: A competitor at the Blackwater Rodeo lassoes away. Meghan Kidd

Emerald to host Junior National Finals two-day rodeo

FOR the first time, Emerald will host the Junior National Finals, fought out between the very best teenagers from all over the country.

The top 10 juniors from each event will highlight the two-day rodeo, but in conjunction a full rodeo for adults will go ahead.

It is set to be a massive rodeo for Emerald and one of the biggest they have ever had with around 250-300 nominations expected.

Competitors from all around Australia will take part, with juniors and adults coming from Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and even Tasmania.

Emerald Rodeo Association president Shane Kenny says the rodeo this year will be "all about the kids".

"There will be anywhere between 250-300 entrants, so it really will be a massive event," Kenny said.

"It is a first for Emerald and Central Queensland that we have a junior final so it's a huge thing for the kids.

"The top 10 from all around the country will take part in the Australian Championships, we are really looking forward to it."

The Emerald Rodeo Association worked hard alongside the Ag-Grow committee to ensure that the two events would run hand in hand, something that Kenny said would benefit both parties.

"It works well with Ag-Grow being on as well and it is something that we really pushed for," he said.

"That's a big thing for the rodeo committee and hopefully it builds back to the main event that it used to be.

"The July rodeo will bring out the best numbers so we are over the moon to have it back, it's worked well."

Emerald Open event is the start of the APRA northern run, which circuits from Emerald all the way to Darwin from the whole of July to mid-August.


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