The McCocsker Contracting Calliope Rodeo is bound to be an exciting day and night at the annual event.
The McCocsker Contracting Calliope Rodeo is bound to be an exciting day and night at the annual event.

Prize attracts top cowboy line-up

MORE than $15,000 in prizemoney will be up for grabs when cowboys from Queensland and beyond saddle up for the bovine bonanza that is the McCosker Contracting Calliope Rodeo on Saturday.

Organiser and Calliope Rodeo Association president Terry Gildea said that there was plenty to be excited about heading in to the big night.

“We’ve got a good array of buck and stock with Ken Hanson and Brian Duggan. Ken’s got some of the best bulls around in Queensland at the moment,” he said.

“You won’t see much better rodeo action around the country. We’ll have about 25 in the open over two rounds so there’s 50 bull rides and the top six will go into the shoot-out worth $1500.”

Among the many attractions on the day is the ever popular Ute Muster, with categories ranging from bush bashers to street show utes.

Gildea is expecting some 40-50 entrants in the muster with $100 prizemoney up for each category.

The major money on the night will go to the top bull rider ($6500), saddle bronc ($1750) and bare back ($1500).

The Calliope rodeo grounds open their gates at noon for the Ute Muster, with the bull riding later in the afternoon.



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