Rodeo action aplenty

JOE Mooney is itching for this afternoon's rodeo action to kick off at the Gympie Show.

The chief rodeo steward says rodeo fans would be crazy to miss a minute of the bone-jarring action in the centre ring.

The event is a round of the National Rodeo Association circuit with top cowboys putting their bodies on the line against wild bulls and broncs.

Mooney said Brian King would be bringing his top team of bucking bulls to the show.

He said bulls like Kiss Me Goodbye, Hazard and Red Dirt Road loved to buck off cowboys.

The broncs will be supplied by Kerry Hall of Ipswich.

Hall has some great horses that will test the riders and give the crowd plenty to cheer about.

There are plenty of top- class cowboys coming along to try and lift their NRA ranking.

NRA ranking leader in the bull ride is Frazer Babbington.

He will be the one to beat tonight, according to Mooney.

"Babbington won the event here last year," Mooney said.

He said Malcolm Wieland would be one of the best local bull riders to also watch tonight.

In the bare back Ashley Clem is leading the NRA standings and Mooney said he would be the hot favourite to take the money.

Although it won't be easy for Clem with last year's Pro-tour Champion Matty Makinson making an appearance.

In the saddle bronc, championship leader Michael Maher isn't competing giving second-placed Joel Hill a chance to catch up some much-needed points.

Mooney says along with the three events, the rodeo has plenty more action with the novice bull ride, the junior bull ride and poddy ride.

A full schedule of timed events is another feature of the event.

Timed events include rope and tie, steer wrestling, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and team roping.

Mooney said one of the great things about today's rodeo was the big screen would show action replays of the all amazing rides and falls.

It gets under way at 1pm and Mooney expects there will be eight hours of non-stop action. The bar will be open and Dukes of Rhythm will entertain after the rodeo.

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