Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jump in the Saddle Ipswich ... for the Ride of Your Life

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jump in the Saddle Ipswich ... for the Ride of Your Life

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Byline: Josephine Gillespie

SADDLE up Ipswich, the country's best cowboys and cowgirls are set to converge on the region this weekend with non-stop rodeo action in Ipswich and Fernvale.

Ipswich will play host to the National Rodeo Finals at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex with competitors vying to share $20,000 booty of prestigious rodeo buckles, trophies and prizes, and to be crowned Australia's best.

From monster truck displays to lawnmower races, bull riding, fireworks, a ute show and all-day music including Mick Lindsay and Neil Duddy, a range of entertainment will also be part of the inaugural Bulls, Boxing and Music Muster weekend.

While she won't be competing at the National Rodeo Finals this weekend, Australian 2009 Rodeo Queen and champion barrel rider, Tayla-Maree Johnston plans to happily play ambassador to the sport she loves.

"I have competed my whole life in barrel racing," Ms Johnston said.

"I have been racing since I was two. …

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