Calliope Rodeo plays host to top bullriders

Man against best.

That is the story at Chapman Park which is playing host to the 2005 Calliope Rodeo tonight.

More than 60 riders from across Queensland are set to test their skills against the region's top bulls.

It is no surprise the Open event holds the most amount of interest for spectators.

There are as many as 10 riders who are given a winning chance, but three stand out like beacons on a dark night.

Former Calliope rider Dave Church goes into the rodeo as the sentimental favourite, having been a popular rider for years.

But Church will have his work cut out for him with the current Queensland Rodeo Association bull riding series leader Michael Cross in action.

One man looking to turn back the clock is 1993 champion Terry Dwyer who on his night can match it with the best anywhere.

So it would be no surprise if one of these three take home the crown.

There are also a wide variety of events on the program to entertain the crowd, with bareback bronc and cow milking in the popularity mix, while the newly-introduced ute muster sure to be keenly fought out.

Gates open at 2.30pm and action starts at 4.30pm.

Chapman Park is on Taragoola Road, just follow the signs.



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