RODEO: 'Big Al' with Mayor Paul McVeigh and Rodeo Queen Rebekah McMahon.
RODEO: 'Big Al' with Mayor Paul McVeigh and Rodeo Queen Rebekah McMahon. Nicole McDougall

Rodeo Queen hits town for weekend

THE biggest weekend for the National Rodeo Council of Australia begins today as the National Finals are held at the Dalby Showgrounds.

Some of the best riders in Australia have come to town to try and take out the grandest prize in the NRCA season.

This year's NRCA rodeo queen has already endeared herself to the town, parading through to open the event.

Rebekah McMahon, a university student from Ashley about 20km northwest of Moree, will be appearing at events across the weekend as the 2018 queen.

Ms McMahon said she was excited to represent the association for its biggest weekend of the year.

"I am so excited to be carrying the Australian flag and meeting the spectators who will come to watch the brilliant showmanship at the finals weekend. I love the thrill of rodeos and the family community spirit they bring,” she said.

"I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in their respective events, including my family members and close friends who are also going up against some of the best competitors, horse and stock in the country.”

Ms McMahon's first appearance for the event was yesterday afternoon, before preparing to delight the audiences at the rodeo finals from this evening.

There are a wide range of events on during the two-day event.

The open bull ride will be the main attraction for fans, however saddle bronc riding and bareback will also be hotly contested events.

The rodeo starts at 6pm both tonight and tomorrow night.

There is also plenty more over the weekend, with the ute muster on tomorrow between 3-4pm.

The Hopes and Dreams Barrel race will be a popular event tomorrow from 9am. Activities will be on show for kids, with a jumping castle and novelty games provided.


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