THREE of the top ropers in Australia will be in Kooralbyn for an Australian Professional Rodeo Association rodeo on Saturday (March 18).
The rodeo is for championship points and many of the current standings leaders in the eight championship events in the APRA will compete.
Townsville rider Campbell Hodson and Emerald star Shane Kenny are in a close battle for the lead in rope and tie standings.
Currently Hodson is $50 in front of Kenny in prize money.
One of the greatest threats to Hodson and Kenny at Kooralbyn will be Warwick roper Mitch Eastwell, who won a round of the rope and tie at last year's national finals rodeo in his home town.
Mitch's brothers, Wade and Brock, will also compete in roping.
In the ladies breakaway roping, Emerald rider Leanne Caban has led the standings for the past six months and goes into Kooralbyn with a substantial lead.
Victorian rider Latteliah DeSpirt and Ebenezer roper Tamara Knox will be two of Caban's toughest opponents.
John McNamee, from Millmerran, and Warwick cowboy Michael Maher are the leaders in saddle bronc and will both compete at Kooralbyn after heading south for three rodeos last weekend on the Victorian long weekend.
In the bareback, current APRA champion David Worsfold, from Wandoan, will be the favourite at Kooralbyn.
His toughest opponent will be Dinny Moran, from Tara.
The Kooralbyn rodeo starts at 4pm Saturday and will be held at grounds on Etruscan Rd, Kooralbyn. Tickets will be available at the gate.
After this weekend, Queensland competitors will look ahead to Easter, when there is a Roma Bull Ride and Destiny Downs Timed Event Fiesta Rodeo at Emerald on Good Friday.
The Emerald Easter Sunflower Rodeo is on the Saturday and then a rodeo at Roma with action in all eight championship events on Easter Sunday.
For more information contact APRA on 0746618183.
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