ALL roads will lead to Corryong for the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival this weekend.
The event, from April 4 to 7, features a multidisciplinary challenge event, plenty of entertainment and an Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) affiliated competition too. The rodeo action will be on April 6 and is set to feature some of Australia's top competitors.
Riverina and southern NSW competitors have been a dominant force at Corryong over the years in both the challenge and the rodeo.
The program features a diverse range of entertainment from art and photography through to whip cracking, historic machinery displays, poetry, a ute muster, campdraft and working cattle dog championships.
Corryong fits in with a run of APRA rodeos on the calendar:
Central Queensland rider Brady Fielder will be the favourite for the bull ride at the Camden (NSW) Xtreme Bulls rodeo on Friday night. April 5
Fielder first competed in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association National Finals in 2017 while still at school. He performed well in 2017 and last year won the APRA open bull ride title.
In the four rounds of the finals at Warwick, he was the only rider to make time on two bulls and won the title and the aggregate.
According to the APRA he is in a field of 19 at Camden and will be aiming for prize money to boost his spot in the standings from seventh.
His toughest opposition will come from Wangaratta cowboy Bryden Atkins who has experience from riding in America. Atkins will head to Corryong in Victoria on Saturday, April 6, for the Corryong Man from Snowy River Rodeo in Victoria. He will be one of the favourites for the open bull ride.
His toughest opposition could come from Wagga cowboy Sean Lynch who is currently 20th in APRA standings but has up until September 30 to move into the top-15 and qualify for the finals.
One of the toughest events to win at Corryong could be the saddle bronc.
NSW cowboy Cody Angland is one of the favourites along with past APRA saddle bronc and bull ride champion Brad Pierce.
In current APRA standings, Pierce is in second place in saddle bronc and Angland seventh.Th
The APRA stated that last weekend's rodeo at Clermont in Queensland was washed out which denied Queensland riders some valuable practice in the run up to rodeos at Emerald and Roma at Easter.
The first of the Easter action in Queensland will be on Good Friday when the Destiny Downs Timed Event Fiesta is held at Emerald.
Bulls from the Gill Brothers string at Upper Horton in NSW will be trucked to Roma for the Xtreme Bulls event on Good Friday.
During the four-day Easter weekend, there are five rodeos in Queensland, four in Victoria and rodeos at Deniliquin and Barooga.
For the first time the Ayers Timed Event Rodeo will be at Roma on Easter Monday, the day after a full championships points rodeo at Roma.