Rodeo action hits polocrosse grounds

RODEO: Non-stop action will take place at Alton Downs Polocrosse Grounds for the annual Australian Professional Rodeo Association rodeo event Saturday.

The day promises to be an exciting competition with a hot list of some of the best of the best competitors fighting for the titles.

Organiser Graham Iker said there were up to 220 entrants with events such as barrel racing, bull-riding, poddy riding and little britches barrels for competitors 10 years and under.

“Gates open at 12pm and the action begins at 3pm with the main event on at 6pm,” he said.

“The event is bigger and better than ever this year, and we have quite an impressive list of competitors.”

He said the barrels would be hotly contested between competitors Leanne Kenny, 16-year-old twins Calla and Katrina Matthews, Jemma Slotosch, Marie Prow and Leanne Caban.

In the men's time event Iker recommended to keep watch for current all-round Australian Champion Shane Iker and Emerald's Shane Kenny, former all-round Australian Champion who held the title for the eight years.

“These two are always neck and neck in the competitions, and are great friends,” he said.

“Another rider to look out for is Michael Stanley who comes from Western Australia and has been here for two years.”

As for the bull-riding, Stuart Frame, Joe Polkinghorne, Brad Corrie, Brett Cross and Ryan Storey will be competing among a line up of 18 open bull riders. “Emerald cowgirl Kim Ash will also be out to contest her title in the ladies break away roping.”

“We will also have the big screen on so the local footy fans don't miss a thing and music by Lyle McCulloch,” he said.

For more information phone Graham on 0418 155 819.



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