Rodeo at the Gold Coast

THE national finals of the Australian professional rodeo circuit return to the Gold Coast in June.

Cowboys and cowgirls will descend on the Gold Coast for four days of action as the country's best professional rodeo competitors battle for national titles.

The Jeep National Finals Rodeo, which is the peak event in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) circuit, will be held in the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 13-16.

Riders compete at more than 100 rodeos a year. Only the top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in six events - bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling and ladies' barrel racing - invited to contest the national finals.

"The best of Australia's professional rodeo riders come to compete on the Gold Coast in Australia's richest rodeo and it really is a showcase for the sport," APRA chief executive Steve Hilton said.

The annual event attracts tens of thousands of competitors, family, friends and rodeo fans.

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