THREE of the top ropers in Australia will compete in Kooralbyn on Saturday at the Australian Professional Rodeo Association rodeo.
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 lead 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 Road, Kooralbyn.
Tickets will be available at the gate.