Two-day rodeo bonanza for Emerald
STRAP yourselves in for a two-day rodeo jackpot, starting with the Junior National finals and the first leg of the Northern Run of the APRA series in Emerald.
Swinging into action today, the juniors open proceedings with the top ten competitors coming in from all across the country.
Junior steer ride, breakaway, barrel race and team roping events are on offer on Friday before the finals themselves kick off on Saturday.
Open bull rides will also feature on both days.
Emerald Rodeo president Shane Kenny said the event would be "massive" and that this year it was "all about the kids".
"It's the junior Australian championships which is a first for Emerald and Central Queensland," Kenny said.
"We have kids coming from New South Wales, Victoria and even Tasmania, so it's going to be massive.
"They get all sorts of prizes, trophy belt buckles, breast plates, bull ropes, heaps and they will be crowned in the middle of the ring in front of a packed house.
"There will be anywhere between 250-300 entrants so it will be a really huge event."
Emerald rodeo starlets Lyssie Kenny and Madisan Caban, both 11 years old, are ready to go neck and neck in the finals after both youngsters put on impressive performances at the Blackwater rodeo last month.
"I am looking forward to versing some of the best junior riders," Lyssie said.
The Northern Run travels up from Emerald, heading to Taroom, Richmond, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Katherine and finishing in Darwin.
It runs from all of July to halfway through August.
Gates will open at 3pm with the main events all starting at 5.30pm out at the Emerald Showgrounds.
There will be a bar with food in operation and entertainment including music and rides late into the night.
For adults, ticket prices start at $15 per night or $25 for a double pass.
Pensioners will pay $10 per night or $15 for the two-day pass while children under 14 just need a gold coin donation to come in.
Donations will help support the 4ULOC charity, which raises crucial funds for cancer patients needs.
Junior Barrel Race
Junior Steer Ride
Rope and Tie
Open Bull Rides