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With action, excitement and a huge prize pool, this year’s Malanda Bull Ride 2018 will take the saying ‘bigger and better!’ to a whole new level!

To be held at the Malanda Showgrounds on Saturday 3 November with gates opening at 3pm for the first buck at 4pm, this event is guaranteed to provide a fantastic show for spectators and is set to be the best yet!

In a first for the Malanda Bull Ride, tickets can now be pre-purchased online from  TryBooking Platform which will also save time at the gates. To further assist patrons a new entry gate will be open near the Bowls Club/Caravan Park side of the grounds.

In yet another first for this year as well, five action packed events will include the new U14 Mini Bulls event.

This year’s Malanda Bull Ride has attracted over 100 competitors, ranging from 5-40 years old, who will be coming from as far away as Tasmania and NSW for a shot at this year’s prize money.

With such tremendous support from this year’s sponsors, the Malanda Bull Ride has been able to offer Open Bull Riders a massive initial prize pool of $5000. This will no doubt attract high-calibre competitors who will really give the crowds something to cheer about! Make sure you don’t miss coming to watch the ‘best of the best’ battle it out for the top spot!

In addition, our own boys will be vying up for a piece of the action.

Such is the popularity of the event that local lad Jake Nucifora competed in the 2013 Malanda Bull Ride just 2 days before his wedding!

With Under 12 Calf Rides, which are always a highlight of the afternoon and young lady competitors in the junior events, there is something for everyone.


Originally starting from an idea from a small and vibrant committee who still work tirelessly today, the first ever bull ride was held on Saturday 28 September, 2013.

Since then the event has been powering on from strength to strength.

From an initial crowd of 800 people to an attendance of over 4000 last year in 2017, it is easy to see why the Malanda Bull Ride has turned into an outstanding annual event.

Now in its 6th year, the event has drawn huge support from the community and from all spectators who travel from far and wide to enjoy a superb evening of action-packed entertainment complete with the ever-popular big screen TV.

Regular Malanda Bull Ride spectator Clare Pemberton said the event has a great sense of community and family which makes her and her family feel belonged.

“We love to go to the Malanda Bull Ride every year as we buzz out on all the families getting together from all over and love catching up with all our friends from every community around us. We love the professionalism in everything they do and the love for the cattle and bulls and seeing all the cowboys and cowgirls all dressed up! They put a lot of hard work into it. It’s a country heaven that we feel honoured to be a part of,” she said.

In addition to the thrill and excitement of the bull riding events, Side Show Alley will be set up with a variety of delectable food stalls and fun. A bar will be operating and for those who wish to ‘let their hair down’ to make the most of this fantastic annual event, a DJ will be playing until late.


The Malanda Bull Ride Committee would like to acknowledge the contributions from  the following local community groups –  Malanda Show Society, Malanda Horse and Pony Club, Malanda RSL, Malanda Junior Rugby League, Malanda Girl Guides and Malanda Kindergarten.

John O’Connor, President of the Malanda Bull Ride Committee said many sponsors have thrown their support behind the event ever since it’s commencement in 2013.

‘I would like to sincerely thank all the sponsors who have generously supported the 2018 event.  This year’s event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever and it is an event not to be missed!’. 

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Author: Brigitte Daley

Feature image: Darryl Doyle