If bulls and broncs aren’t enough to get you excited, let the dust, dirt and adrenaline get your heart racing as Cloncurry welcomes in the annual Ernest Henry Mining Curry Merry Muster.
The true outback festival will kick off on Friday with free events including the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) Junior Rodeo and the Brophies Boxing tent and, returning for the second time thanks to its success in 2017, the MMG Xtreme Bull Ride.
Free to the public, the Xtreme Bull Ride will be a taste of what is to come over the weekend as the APRA Festival Rodeo gets underway.
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Crowds will be treated to bareback bronc riding, bull rides, rope and tie, ladies breakaway roping and steer wrestling competitions which are designed to test the most experienced of riders. Some 580 riders from across Australia, including a number of Cloncurry locals, will take to the arena in the hope of coming away with a coveted Merry Muster belt buckle.
Locals are encouraged to keep an eye out for their local cowboys, who will go into the running for the chance to take home the Paddy Cusack Memorial Local All Around Cowboy title.
Paddy was one of the original founders of the Merry Muster and became a legend in his own right becoming a duel open buckjump and bronc riding champion.
The talent won’t be isolated to just the cowboys and cowgirls.
Gill Bros Rodeo will also bring the hardest bulls and horses to test the toughest of riders.
Some 70 bulls and 30 horses will make the journey from Upper Horton, NSW including many returning names. Eye Candy, the 2016 APRA/2017 ABCRA Bucking Bull of the Year, and Moves Like Jagger, the three times ABCRA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year will return, along with Twin Towers, Little Egypt and Troubled Waters.
If one thing is for certain, crowds will no doubt see some thrills and spills, but some of the best riding Australia has to offer.
Find out more atcurrymerrymuster.com.au.
- Street Parade, Xtreme Bulls, Brophies Boxing Tent – Free for all
- Bush Poet’s Breakfast – $10 per person (breakfast and show)
- Adults $20
- Child/Senior $5
- Under 5s free
- ARTA Jackpott – Free for all
- Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Free