Two Central Queensland brothers pulled off the bull riding double at the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere, the mighty Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo which wrapped up this afternoon in electrifying style.
Rockhampton cowboy Jared Borghero, 26, won the Open Bull Ride with an 86 point ride on Lock N Load, while his younger brother 21-year-old Jay, of Clermont, took out the 2nd division title. The best bucking bulls in the country proved to be too good on the day with Jared the only cowboy to ride time. The 2014 Isa Rodeo Open Bull Ride champion Roy Dunn placed second and current Australian PBR bull riding champion Cody Heffernan third on aggregate points.
Isa Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said competitors from Australia, New Zealand and the United States competed for the richest prize money in the iconic event’s 57 year history, worth $230,000.
“Our cowboys and cowgirls bought their best ability but the stock certainly matched them,” she said. “It was a tough time in the arena.”
Stars of the rodeo world including multi All Around Australian Cowboy Shane Kenny, current PBR Australian Bull Riding Champion Cody Heffernan and current All Around Australian Cowgirl Stephanie Gard had put on a spectacular display of skill, determination and pure grit, according to Ms Flecker.
“Obviously it takes a week or so for final numbers but I am ecstatic with how it’s gone, it’s been a huge few days,” she said. “
The rodeo is unique as a not-for-profit event run by Mount Isa’s two Rotary Clubs, which managed a 700-strong team of volunteers to help run the massive event.
“Once again we’ve had incredible support from the locals, our naming sponsor Mount Isa Mines, all the sponsors and of course from Rotary – it’s a huge team effort to make the event the success that it was,” said Ms Flecker.
Arena Director Mr Steve Hilton said this year’s entries were stronger than ever, with 646 entries compared to last year’s 615.
Thousands of rodeo-goers watched a spectacular day of finals action with the famous Isa Rodeo buckle won by champions including Fred Osman and David Worsfold who tied for Open Bareback, while Michael Maher won his third consecutive Isa Rodeo Open Saddlebronc title. Other winners included Lachlan O’Neill (Open Steer Wrestling), Jamie Dowling (Ladies Barrel Race), Heath Nicols (Rope & Tie), Leanne Caban (Ladies Breakaway Roping), Shane Kenny & Cameron Milner (Team Roping) and Over 40s Bull Ride (Ross Wicks).
Smaller cowboys like nine-year old Peter Gordon Jnr from Doomadgee won hundreds of hearts with his proud smile and wave when he won the Poddy Ride final.
Held on the second weekend of every August, the world-famous rodeo has raised $4.5 million for local and north west charities as diverse as the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service to Paws, Claws and Hoofs.
This year’s event featured entertainment by Deep Creek Road, Tori Darke, Mick Lindsay and Fred Brophy’s Outback Boxing Troupe, scenic helicopter flights, mardi gras, markets and sideshow alley.
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