National champions and elite stock in rodeo arena Saturday

High-flying saddlebronc action at the 2018 Forbes Rodeo.
High-flying saddlebronc action at the 2018 Forbes Rodeo.

Some of the country's best cowboys meet the country's best rodeo stock right here in Forbes this Saturday.

The annual Forbes Rodeo has attracted more than 430 nominations, not including local events, and the entrants include current and former Australian champions.

Troy Read says it's going to be an outstanding day of action, with top stock from Gill Brothers.

He described the entries for the day as "massive".

Forbes has all your favourite rodeo events and there are big numbers right through from the junior steer ride and break-away roping to the team ropers. 

It will mean a big day of action in the arena, and an even bigger night.

"We've got current Australian champions in nearly all events," Read said.

"It's gonna be a good day."

Rodeo legends Australian saddlebronc and bareback champion Corey Angland and five-time Australian saddlebronc champion Kerry Wellington are ready to ride.

Locals who have nominated include Jake Tomlinson in the eight to 11 years, and Chet and Koby Read in the 11 to 14 years. 

All three are fresh from the nationals in Tamworth on the back of a successful season.

Another local to watch for is Ben Molloy in the Under 18s, Read says he's been winning his share of prize money on the circuit too.

Particular events of interest are the Jaye Davie Memorial open local steer ride. That's expected to take place at the start of the main performance, about 3pm. 

As the night goes on, the big bucking bulls and saddlebroncs will take centre stage. 

And organisers are this year excited that all the action will be replayed on the big screens.

The night will include the Arthur and Eileen Molloy local poddy ride.

The event's best all-rounder will again take home a magnificent buckle in honour of local Paddy Molloy, who was instrumental in establishing a local rodeo.

Competitors must be in both rough stock and timed events to qualify.

With milder weather conditions this week, Forbes Rodeo is promising a good day out.

The forecast is for an afternoon peak of 30 degrees with a South Easterly breeze.

Local Chet Read in the steer ride at the 2018 Forbes Rodeo. You'll see both locals and the country's best in the arena at Forbes Showground this Saturday.

Local Chet Read in the steer ride at the 2018 Forbes Rodeo. You'll see both locals and the country's best in the arena at Forbes Showground this Saturday.

In detail

Location: Forbes Showground

Time: Gates open 10am. The main show kicks off 3pm and should wrap up by 8.30pm.

Tickets: Are available at the gate Adults $20; Children $10; family pass $50.

They're also online ahead of time at 123tix.com.au  

Bar and canteen facilities are available (with EFTPOS at the bar) strictly no BYO alcohol.

All details on the Forbes Services Memorial Club Forbes Rodeo Facebook page.