Glowalman junior rodeo competition

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Organisers are getting everything ready for the 33rd annual Glowalman junior rodeo competition, set to take place between Nabiac, Gloucester and Wingham from July 10 to 15.

Entries are still open for campdrafting and sporting events which will be held across the three different venues.

Gloucester Showgrounds will host the kick-off event, the family day on Monday, July 10. 

Families are encouraged to participate in the event designed to be a bit for fun for parents and children before gearing up for the competition.

Day one of the official competition will take place in Gloucester on Tuesday, July 10, followed by Nabiac Showground on Thursday, July 13 and the finals at Wingham Showground on Saturday, July 15.

Entry information and forms for competitors aged from eight years to under 21 years can be found on the Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) website at http://www.abcra.com.au.

There will be five sporting events on offer, bend, barrel, flag, bonfield bounce and bend-bar-aft, a stockrider class with five age divisions on a pointscore system and a campdraft.

Two competitors will be chosen to represent NSW in a Western Australian competition later in the year. 

Event organiser Kelvin Gregory said riders were chosen based on their attitude and participation in the sport and not based on their results.

“They don’t have to be the best,” he said.

“But they are the best representatives in their age groups,” he said.

Last year, Thomas Murray from Bunyah and Cody Clarke from Niangala were chosen to travel to WA in November.

This year’s winners will be announced on the Saturday after the competition has been completed.

Riders from all over the country are expected to attend with points earned going toward ABCRA ranking, with the top 25 contesting the national finals. 

The name 'Glowalman' is a combination of Gloucester, Wallamba and the Manning Valley - the three areas in which the event takes place. 

The event is jointly organised by Gloucester Junior Rodeo, Nabiac Junior Rodeo and Wingham Junior Rodeo.