RODEO 4 LIFE STARS
The inaugural Rodeo 4 Life is Australia’s richest bull ride spectacular featuring professional cowboys competing for $30,000 in prize money. The audience will be on the edge of their seats as champion bull riders try to stay mounted for the full 8 seconds on JP Gill and Sons mightiest rodeo bulls.
There is an enormous amount of skill involved in bull riding. The rider never knows what the bull will do next. To keep his position and balance, a rider must only touch the bull with the riding hand while constantly grabbing for new holds with his feet and continually pulling up on the rope. The more powerful the bull bucks, and the faster he spins, the more points the ride is worth.
Rodeo 4 Life will star some of Australia’s leading rodeo bull riding champions in this exhilarating, action-packed sporting event where professional cowboys will not only be riding for the richest prize in Australia’s bull riding rodeo history; but, they’ll be riding to help give the ‘gift of life’ to Australian’s in need of organ donation.
BOOK NOW for tickets to this star-studded line-up of bull riding cowboys competing for the Rodeo 4 Life Championship title in an action-packed night of electrifying sports entertainment.
Cowboy All Stars
- Ben Atkins from Tongala, Victoria, is a long-time crowd pleaser in bull riding competitions and was a NFR Finalist in both 2007 and 2008.
- Bryden Atkins from Chiltern, Victoria, was 2 time APRA Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2009 NRCA Junior Bull Riding Champion. Bryden also holds the 2014, 2015, 2016 RSA Woodalls Series Ride-Tuff Bull Riding Champion title and was a 2015 United Bucking Bulls inc. (UBBI) World Series Qualifier. Bryden’s been an APRA Bull Riding Qualifier multiple times and his recent wins at Barooga and Chiltern APRA Pro-Rodeos.
- Mathew Bee from Tarome, Queensland, won the title of RSA Ridetuff Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 he was the RSA Rookie Bull Riding Champion and in 2016 and 2018 he took the title of NRCA Australian Bull Riding Champion.
- Brumby Brandenburg from Bloomsbury, QLD will be looking to take home his first bull riding title when he takes on some of Australia’s champions at Rodeo 4 Life.
- Joey Buckingham, from Mossman Queensland, holds the titles of 2017 Great Northern Bull Riding Series Rookie Champion and 2016 Mareeba Rodeo Novice Bull Ride Winner. In 2015 he was an ABCRA NQ Zone Qualifier and in 2014 he was an Australian High School Rodeo Finals Qualifier.
- Sam Champ from Meldale, Queensland holds the title of 2015 APRA Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Champion.
- Toby Collins from Maldon, Victoria is the 2018 Cloverdale Bull Riding Champion, a 2016 (PRCA) Texas Circuit Finals Qualifier and in 2011 he won the title of APRA Rookie Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Champion!
- Troy Cross from Boorowa NSW, has been a national finals qualifier six times and holds the title of 2009 Christchurch New Zealand World International Winner.
- Jonathan Couling from Singleton NSW, holds the 2014 and 2017 East to West Coast Bull Riding Champion titles and was a WRA and LRA Bull Riding Finalist in 2016 in Alberta Canada.
- Sam Daly from Cobden, Victoria has a string of rodeo titles to his name including 2010 and 2011 RSA Junior Steer Riding Champion, 2012 SCRS Rookie Bull Riding Champion and the 2016 Ride Tough Woodall Series Rookie Bull Riding Champion.
- Joe Down from Warrnambool, Victoria is a four-time Dalby Qualifier, the 2018 and 2019 APRA Rookie Bull Riding Champion. Joe holds the 2018 and 2019 RSA Rookie Bull Rider titles.
- Jesse Glass from Qurindi, NSW has been working the rodeo circuit since high school and was a two-time Qualifier in the RSA National Finals Bull Ride & Steer Wrestling, ABCRA NFR and was a National High School Finals Qualifier.
- Lane Howlett from Roma Queensland, finished in the top 10 in the 2018 APRA season and took 4th place at Mt Isa in 2018. Lane holds the 2019 Sunshine Circuit Bull Riding Championship title.
- Sean Lynch from Wagga Wagga NSW, is a National Finals Qualifier in both the APRA and ABCRA Championships.
- Kyle Maskiell from Longford Tasmania is an RSA Champion Bull Rider.
- Jack McArther from Cooyar, Queensland holds the 2017 APRA Bull Riding Championship title.
- Wade McCarthy from Muckenburra, West Australia holds the titles of 2018 West Australian All Round Champion Cowboy, 2018 West Australian Bull Riding Champion and 2014 ABCRA Australian Bull Riding Champion.
- Wyatt Milgate from Biboohra, Queensland is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest competitors with a string of bull riding titles to his name. Wyatt is a two-time NRCA Qualifier, a five time ABCRA Qualifier and in 2017 and 2018 he was the ABCRA NQ Zone Junior Bull Ride Champion. Wyatt holds the titles of NQRA 2018 Novice Bull Ride Champion and the 2017 and 2018 Great Northern Series Bull Ride Champion.
- Cliff Richardson from Gresford, NSW has represented Australia 3 times at the PBR Global Cups and qualified for the 2018 PBR Velocity Finals in Las Vegas USA. He was 2018 runner up PBR Australia Nation Champion, the 2018 PBR Australia Last Cowboy Standing Event Champion, 2018 ABCRA Runner Up Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Nation Bull Riding Champion, 2017 ABCRA Central Circuit Bull Riding Champion and in 2011 he was the ABCRA Rookie All Round Cowboy, Rookie Bull Riding Champion and Rookie Bare Back Champion.
- Dylan Richardson from Maffra Victoria, is one of Rodeo 4 Life’s youngest bull riders. Dylan holds the 2016 National Rodeo Council Services Australia Junior Bull Rider title and the 2019 RSA Junior Bull Rider title.
- Anthony Ryan from Warrnambool, Victoria holds the title of 2011 RSA Novice Bull Riding Champion.
- Trefor Sproule from Singleton, NSW is a 3 time ABCRA National Finals Qualifier. In 2016 he was the XTREAM Bulls Runner Up Champion and in 2010 a ABCRA Finals Round Winner.
- Ty Thomson from Mt Walker, Queensland holds the titles of 2012 Calf Riding Champion (NRA), 2016 Junior Bull Riding Champion (NRA) and was named Novice Bull Riding Champion (NRA) in 2018.
- Troy Wilkinson from Upper Horton, NSW holds the highest bull riding score in Australia with a record of 93 and the titles of 2015 APRA Bull Riding Champion, 2017 PBR Australia Champion and 2017 PBR World Finals Qualifier.
- Sam Woodall from Heywood, Victoria holds a number of titles including the 2018 Australian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2017 National Rodeo Council of Australia Bull Riding Champion, 2017 APRA Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit Rookie Bull Riding Champion, 2016 Rodeo Services Association 2nd Division Bull Riding Champion, 2014-16 Rodeo Services Association Junior Bull Riding Champion and 2012 – 16 RSA Woodall Rodeo Promotions Junior Bull Riding Champion.
Craig Fisher and Barry Jones with judge the event with a third judge yet to be announced. Rodeo 4 Life will be judged in accordance with the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) and the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA). The riders are scored from 0 to 100 points. The bull and the rider receive points.
Glen Morgan – Rodeo Announcer
Glen Morgan is a name synonymous with Australian rodeo sports. Glen rode saddle broncs for more than 15 years winning 13 Australian titles. Glen also and competed in Canada and the U.S.A in the 1980s and 1990s before retiring from championship rodeo competition to become one of the best rodeo announcers in the business.
Gene McDonald – Rodeo Protection Clown
Rodeo clowns are risk takers who do more than entertain the audience during bull riding rodeo sports – they put their life on the line to distract the bulls away from grounded riders. Gene will have one of the most important and dangerous roles in the Rodeo 4 Life arena – to protect the star cowboys from the bulls when they hit the ground so they can get back to the chutes in safety.
Big Al Wilson – Rodeo Clown
It wouldn’t be a Rodeo spectacular without Big Al Wilson, Australia’s class act Rodeo Clown. A former pro bull rider and a seasoned veteran of rodeo entertainment, Big Al Wilson has won the title of Australia’s Rodeo Clown of the Year, 15 times. For 20 years, Big Al Wilson has performed at Australia’s largest rodeos including at all the National Finals in Australia and New Zealand, the National Finals for ABCRA, NRCA, APRA and NZPRA, and will be the star Clown again this year at all National Finals Rodeos. Big Al performs at over 30 rodeos and shows in Australia and New Zealand each year and has performed as a Rodeo Clown in Papua New Guinea at the Port Moresby Show. Big Al Wilson has worked comedy solo sections and duet sections with some of the world’s best Rodeo Clowns including American’s Bert Davis and Dennis Halstead at International Rodeos.