NATIONAL Saddle Bronc Champion John McNamee will head to North Queensland to compete at the Richmond Rodeo on Saturday.
McNamee hails from Millmerran and is the current Australian Professional Rodeo Association Champion in Saddle Bronc and currently second on the standings.
He is one of 242 nominations for the Richmond Rodeo, the third on the Northern Run in the APRA.
Many of the riders from Richmond will head to Hughenden on Sunday for the Flinders River Hughenden Timed Events Rodeo which has 191 nominations.
The toughest competition at the rodeos this weekend could be in the Rope and Tie where Townsville rider Campbell Hodson has the standings leader over Emerald cowboy Shane Kenny.
Both will compete at the two rodeos.
Hughenden rider Clancy Middleton is not in the top 15 in the battle for National Finals qualification with two months of the season to go, so will be aiming to be in the prize money in the Rope and Tie at the two rodeos in his own area.
Former Queensland and now Victorian cowboy Lee Kimber is competing on the Northern Run and will be a rider to watch in all three timed events.
Emerald cowgirl Leanne Caban won both the Barrel Race and Breakaway Roping at her hometown rodeo in early July and on form will be one of the favourites for Richmond and
She will face some of her toughest opposition from current All Around standings leader and reigning Champion Shianne O'Donoghue-Kent from Victoria and
Hughenden rider Tenielle Middleton.
Tenielle was second in Breakaway Roping at Emerald so has form on the board.
The largest nominations at Richmond and Hughenden are in Team Roping.
Hodson leads Team Roping Header standings after combining with Charters Towers rider Liam Davison to win the Team Roping at the first rodeo on the Northern Run at Emerald
The Richmond Rodeo will be held at the Richmond Rodeo Grounds starting at 1pm.
The Hughenden Flinders River Timed Events Rodeo starts at noon on Sunday at 3 Hann Hwy, Hughenden.
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