IF HOME area advantage means anything, Cameron Webster and David Worsfold will be two of the favourites for the first rodeo on the Northern Run at Taroom on July 19.
Both live at Wandoan, a town less than a one-hour drive from Taroom.
Taroom is the first of five Queensland rodeos on the Northern Run, which moves to the Northern Territory after the August 8-10 Mt Isa Rodeo.
Webster won the pro tour title for most money won in saddle bronc in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association to the end of April, but had to miss the finals due to a broken leg.
Augathella's Peter Moffatt proved too good for all comers in the National Finals Rodeo with a title win and 15-point victory in the aggregate at Caboolture last month.
Worsford has performed well in North America and won the 2014 pro tour title in bareback. At the finals, he was third in the aggregate with a second, third and fourth behind winner Fred Osman, who called Gore in Queensland home before basing himself at Cameron's Corner in north-west New South Wales.
Miles rider Clint Burton had two thirds and a fourth at the finals in bareback and will also enjoy the chance to be at an APRA rodeo with less than a two-hour drive.
Many of the competitors from the southern states will make up to three trips to Queensland for the Northern Run. It is anticipated some will stay in the north-west between the August 1-2 Cloncurry Merry Muster and the Mt Isa Rodeo on August 8-10.
July 19 Taroom
July 26 Richmond
August 1-2 Cloncurry
August 8-10 Mt Isa
August 15 Daly River (NT)
August 16 Katherine (NT)
August 23 Darwin (NT)