SHANE Iker is looking forward to a home-ground advantage when the first ever Lazy Acres rodeo gets underway at the end of the month.

From December 31 to January 1, the region's newest rodeo facility at the Lazy Acres property at Alton Downs will be used for a full rodeo for the first time.

With two separate rodeos set to be held at the property, which is just 15 minutes drive west of Rockhampton, Iker, who is the current all-round cowboy leader in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association standings, will enjoy the chance to attend a rodeo in his home area.

Iker is expected to compete in all three timed events and the rodeo, and will join Liam Davison in team roping.

Iker's son Jordan will compete with his regular partner Brenton Bell, a combination of young guns destined for greatness in rodeo.

The Iker family will also appear in the women's events, with Shane's wife Jorja nominated in both the barrel race and breakaway roping after winning the breakaway roping pro tour title two years ago before taking a break for the birth of son Mason.

She is now back on the circuit and almost certain to push strongly for a top-15 finish and Australian championship qualification next year.

Shane expects the cream of competitors from Queensland to be at the Alton Downs Double Dip despite the event being at the same time as the Christmas Run in the southern states.

"Some riders will compete down south, fly to Alton Downs for the two rodeos and then fly back to compete in the second half of the Christmas Run," he said.

Shane is considering heading down south after Alton Downs but won't be competing in the early Christmas Run rodeo starting at Myrtleford in Victoria on December 26.

He expects bumper nominations for Alton Downs, especially as riders have the chance to compete in the first full rodeo at the Lazy Acres rodeo facility.

"It is a great facility with a hill on one side for spectators," he said.

"A bar stands over the arena on the other side with a long bar made from ironbark timber."

Some of the likely starters are Wandoan pair David Worsfold (bareback) and Cameron Webster (saddle bronc), Dingo bull rider Ryan Storey, Sonny Schafferius from Dysart who will test his skills on the back of a bull and Springsure saddle bronc rider Allan Powell.

Bucking stock for the rodeo will be provided by Upper Horton (NSW) contractors Gill Brothers.

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December 5 - Rosewood (NSW); December 26 - Myrtleford (Vic) Golden Spurs Rodeo; December 27 - Carrieton (SA); December 31-January 1 - Alton Downs (Qld) Double Dip; January 1 - Tumbarumba (NSW) 71st Rodeo; January 2 - Yarrawonga (Vic); January 8 - Finley (NSW); January 9 - Beechworth (Vic), Carrick (Tas) Bull Ride and Rodeo Spectacular

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