Introducing The Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA).
The Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ABCRA) is a non-profit Equine Sporting organisation formed in 1946 for the purpose of co-ordinating and assisting affiliated committees to conduct their events.
The ABCRA has a rich history with its heritage strongly built by the ‘man on the land’ and it has grown to be uniquely Australia’s only and largest organisation administering the sports of Campdrafting and Rodeo under one entity.
ABCRA boasts a growing annual membership currently with over 5,000 members.
Our popular website consistently has over 220,000 visitors per year not to mention our Social Media Pages with a total following of over 20,000.
Of course, we are also extremely proud of our affiliated clubs and associations who conduct in excess of 500 events annually across Australia – events which attract thousands of competitors and fans alike. Our top competitors travel year-round to accumulate points and prize money to qualify for the season finale, the ABCRA National Finals.
A point worthy of note, at the time of our most recent survey, our affiliated committees inject in excess of 1.7million dollars into local economies throughout Australia in support of hospitals, infrastructure projects and in a number of cases other sporting organisations, not to mention charities specifically supporting health and emergency services.
Our active members come from all walks of life and number amongst them not only the man on the land but also large numbers of professional people including solicitors and barristers, health professionals, educators and tradesmen.
All have invested heavily in their chosen sports of Rodeo, Campdrafting, Challenge Sorting & Penning and the other equine sports sanctioned by ABCRA by way of saddlery and allied products, motor vehicles and trailers to name but a few.
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Our Monthly Magazine
Our monthly magazine is prepared and published by leading industry professionals and is distributed directly to Members and also available for retail sale in new agencies across Australia.
Publishing a total of 11 issues per year including a limited edition Yearbook, our magazine promotes our affiliated equine disciplines and events along with promoting our proud Partners and Sponsors in the most eye catching and professional way.
Our friendly staff are the face of our business and are encouraged to reach for the highest standards in customer service and efficiency. We are continuously focused on improving efficiency and service through the use of technology.
ABCRA National Finals
In January each year, The ABCRA hosts the Rodeo, Campdraft and Challenge Sorting & Penning National Finals held at the state of the art Australian Equine & Livestock Events Centre in Tamworth.
The Rodeo, Campdraft and Challenge Sorting & Penning National Finals is a flagship event of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival and fans are treated to superb displays of equine and livestock sport.
The ABCRA National Finals experience comprises three major finals that make up the event
- National Finals Rodeo
- National Finals Junior Rodeo
- National Finals Campdraft
- National Finals Challenge Sorting & Penning
Our event also includes fundraising evenings where the ABCRA raises money for two cancer related charities and the immensely popular Build a Cowboy/Cowgirl day where over 130 children from all backgrounds take the opportunity to attend a come and try day.
Television stations and regional newspapers liaise with the ABCRA to ensure pre and post event coverage including competitor interviews, stock profiles, ticket sales, qualifiers, winners and outcomes are broadcast and published.