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TOUGH RIDE: Ultimate Horseman co-organiser Rob Leach is looking forward to the action in Dalby this weekend.
TOUGH RIDE: Ultimate Horseman co-organiser Rob Leach is looking forward to the action in Dalby this weekend. Contributed

SOME of Australia's most talented horsemen will battle it out in a contest of skill and knowledge in a new event at the National Rodeo Finals in Dalby this weekend.

The Ultimate Horseman Colt-Starting Championship is the brainchild of rodeo legend Colin McTaggart and professional horseman Rob Leach.

The pair came up with the idea to create a platform to showcase, what they refer to as the "legends" and "young guns" of the equine industry.

Rob said the event would not only feature well-known horsemen, but also give upcoming horsemen from around the country the opportunity to compete in a colt-starting competition.

"Australia has a lot of talented horsemen, and many of them stay under the radar," Rob said.

"Colin and I wanted to create an entertaining and educational event that promotes Australian horsemanship to the world."

Consisting of two challenges, Legends (over 35) and Young Guns (under 35), each challenge will demonstrate the ability of three horsemen to tame and ride an unbroken horse for the first time, over a three-day contest.

The event will kick off at 9am today at the showgrounds, with horsemen introductions and horse selection.

Each horseman will be allowed to select their own unbroken horse from the herd, supplied by SDM Quarter Horses.

The competition will start with the Young Guns at 10am, followed by Legends at 1pm.

Challenges will begin at the same time each day with the finals held on Sunday.

The National Rodeo Finals will start at 6pm tonight and tomorrow night.

Competitors will include legends Geoff Toomby, Paul Williamson and Frank Green and young guns Luke Bennet, Christy Connor and Tom Curtain.

Tickets for the event also include the rodeo and can be purchased at the gate or online at www.nationalrodeocouncil .com.au.

For more information, visit http://www.theultimatehorseman.com.au.

Topics:  horse sports rodeo


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