MORE than 60 riders will battle the region's meanest beasts at the annu- al Calliope Rodeo at Chapman Park tomorrow.
Queensland Rodeo Association bull riding series leader Michael Cross of Miles and former Calliope competitor Dave Church head the charge but will face a top class field of contenders.
Also gearing up for action is 1993 champion Terry Dwyer who is still a hard man to beat while former Mir-iam Vale rider Anthony Ferris is always among the top scores.
Rising talent Katie Vaughn, 16, will saddle up for the juvenile bull riding event and is expected to be among the competition leaders.
Bull ride events will be contested in the open, novice and juvenile cate- gories.
Other events on the program in- clude the saddle bronc, bareback bronc, ladies barrel race, juvenile barrel race, mutton buster, junior poddy ride and cow milking.
Organisers also hope to attract in- terest in the newly-introduced ute muster event in which enthusiasts get to showcase their vehicles in four categories ? best feral/B&S/rodeo ute, best chick's ute, best town ute and best 4x4.
Gates open at 2.30pm and the ac- tion starts at 4.30pm at Chapman Park, on Taragoola Road, Calliope (follow the signs).