Maitland Show rodeo draws NSW's best riders

The high-flying fun of bucking bulls and broncos takes centre stage at Maitland Show on Friday.

The state’s best riders including a strong contingent from the Hunter will be testing their skill and bravery in the bronco and bull jumping events.

The amazing teamwork of horse and rider in barrel racing will also be on display with the event starting at 5.30pm.

The rodeo has drawn 180 competitors from across the state including some of Australia’s best bronco and bull riders through to novices.

The program includes the over-40 bull ride, open bull ride, saddle broncs, bareback, ladies barrel, novice barrel and junior steer riding.

Places will be available on the day for children under eight to take part in the steer riding.

A Maitland Show spokesperson said the rodeo was a popular part of the NSW rodeo scene and a must event for riders from the Hunter and Upper Hunter.

“The quality of competitors and the bulls and broncos is top class,” the spokesperson said.

Entry to the rodeo is part of the general admission fee to the Maitland Show on Friday.

“It’s a great opportunity for people from the city to experience this important part of country sporting life,” the spokesperson said.

The rodeo program starts from 5.30pm and runs through to 9.45pm.