National Rodeo Finals hit the strap

Written on the 2 May 2013 by Gold Coast PR company Consulting Hall

The 2013 Jeep National Finals Rodeo is just eight weeks away but according to the Gold Coast Mayor the event has already “hit the strap”.

The return of Jeep National Finals Rodeo (NFR) to the Gold Coast from Thursday, June 13 through to Sunday, June 16 was celebrated at Jupiters Hotel & Casino this morning.

Mayor Tom Tate has tipped this year’s NFR, which is the peak event in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) circuit, will be bigger and better than before;

“When I look at the figures from last year; talk about hitting the strap. This event is going to be a marquee event and for the city to be chosen to be part of it is absolutely on target with what we want to do with our future plans. What I’ll be saying out there is, bring your family, bring your mates, bring your girlfriend and your friends. Bring them all along because it’s great fun.”

The city will be celebrating for four days as thousands descend on the Gold Coast for the NFR which is set to showcase all the flair of a mini-Las Vegas event. 

Australian Professional Rodeo Association President Steve Hilton said there was simply not better location than the Gold Coast to host the NFR;

“The city is an attraction of it’s own. While everyone may not be into rodeo everyone is certainly into the Gold Coast. If you’re going to go and watch any rodeo in the country you would not see a better rodeo. We have the very best stock in the country and this is certainly the best location as far as facilities go.”

There is also a serious competitive side to the rodeo which champion saddle bronc and bull rider Brad Pierce knows only too well. The cowboy from Tooma, New South Wales has enjoyed a long history with the sport following in the footstep of his father and grandfather.

“There will always be people looking at you because your family has done well in the past or you have done well before. But at the end of the day this is what I do for a job so if you do it properly and your job right you get the rewards at the end.”

Fellow competitor Lachlan O’Neill of Caloundra said there was simply not better place to host the event.

“There’s no place like this in the country that you could run a final with the venue and facilities this city has.”

This year a variety of side events will be held in conjunction with Jupiters Hotel & Casino and the wider Gold Coast community including the inaugural Cowboy Breakfast on Thursday, June 13. For further details go to

Tickets start from $19 and are now available from Ticketek. Call 132 849 or go to

Author:Gold Coast PR company Consulting Hall


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