RODEO stock contractor John Gill says southern NSW is home to the most talented cowboys and cowgirls in Australia.
He said Wagga should be put on a pedestal because of the calibre of rodeo talent within a 100 kilometre radius of the city.
Mr Gill is looking forward to the upcoming Gil Mathew Wagga Pro Rodeo at the Equex Centre on February 16 where his best bulls and horses will be matched up with the most accomplished competitors.
Some of the riders planning to enter the event include Brad Peirce from Tooma who is currently leading the all-round cowboy standings within the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA).
Mr Pierce will experience tough competition from current all-around champion cowboy with the APRARhys Angland.
Other accomplished performers in rodeo include Adele Edwards from Nangus who was the pro-tour champion with the APRA last year and is currently leading the all-around cowgirl standings.