Wanaka Rodeo Club president Lyal Cocks relaxes at the
Albert Town arena, where the 2014 New Zealand National
Finals Rodeo will be held. Photo by Catherine Pattison.
Putting in a tentative bid has paid dividends for the
Wanaka Rodeo Club, which has been chosen to host the New
Zealand National Finals Rodeo on March 8 and 9 next year, for
the first time since 2001.
The event will be the culmination of 26 rodeos held over six
months and competitors will be fighting for a total purse of
Club president Lyal Cocks said the purpose-built Albert Town
arena had hosted only two annual rodeos and, although the
members'' weren't expecting to get it [the finals] this
soon'', having the 64-competitor, eight-event finals was
''good for Wanaka and good for our district''.
NZ Rodeo Cowboys Association president Marty Deans said the
Wanaka club's grounds, with a well-designed amphitheatre for
up to 6000 spectators, was ideal to showcase the national
The Upper Clutha A&P Show is on the same weekend, but the
two events complemented each other, show secretary Jane
''We are excited to have this national event follow on from
our show and have invited members of the Wanaka Rodeo Club
and national rodeo finalists to lead the show's grand parade
on Saturday,'' she said.
The first rounds of the finals will start at 5pm on the
Saturday and the last two rounds will be held on the Sunday
The top eight competitors in each of the eight events,
including bull riding and saddle bronc, will be competing for
the national titles.
The annual Wanaka Rodeo on January 2 will go ahead as