Rodeo, Campdraft and Outback Events Rodeo, Campdraft and Outback Events

The sports of rodeo and campdraft in Australia were born in the bush, with outback stockmen and drovers testing their skills in informal competitions to prove their horsemanship abilities. The first formal competitions of campdraft and rough-riding events occurred in the 1880s and today these sports are alive and well as the quintessential form of country entertainment in Our Western Downs.

Another well received social event at country recreation grounds is a polocrosse meet. The modern game of polocrosse was developed here in Australia in the late 1930s and remains a popular sport in Our Western Downs. The Australian Stock Horse, renowned for its versatility, endurance and agility in the rugged landscape of outback Australia, is the most popular breed for this sport and each year our regional centre of Dalby hosts one of Queensland's largest Stock Horse sales.

We boast a year-round calendar packed full of the events that typify life on the land, providing ample opportunity for you to embrace the lifestyle that has been shared by generations of families in our region.

We encourage you to keep a close eye on our Events Calendar each month for confirmed dates and more information on these events.

Month

Event

February

Chinchilla Melon Fest Rodeo (every second year - next in 2017)
Dalby Cutting Competition
Tara Campdraft

March

Bell Show Rodeo and Campdraft
Chinchilla Annual Performance Horse Sale
Cooranga North Campdraft
Hannaford/The Gums Campdraft
Jandowae Show and Rodeo

April

Bell Gymkhana
Dalby Sheep Dog Trials
Tara Sheep Dog Trials
Wandoan Bucking for Cancer Rodeo

May

Chinchilla Show Rodeo
Glenmorgan Rodeo and Campdraft
Wandoan Campdraft

June

Dalby and District Campdraft
Jandowae Gymkhana
Jandowae Rodeo Extravaganza (every second year - next in 2016)
Tara Polocrosse Carnival
Wandoan Polocrosse Carnival

July

Dalby Gymkhana

August

Bell Campdraft
Chinchilla Sheep Dog Trials

September

Chinchilla State Polocrosse Championships
Dalby Churches Community Rodeo

October

Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft
Condamine Rodeo and Campdraft
Dulacca Rodeo
Glenmorgan P&C Encouragement Campdraft
NRCA National Rodeo Finals (Dalby)

November

Dalby Australian Stock Horse Sale and Campdraft
St Joey's Big Night Out Bullride