Country star Shea Fisher takes the reins for Mount Isa Rodeo performance

Country music star Shea Fisher, daughter of one of Australia’s greatest rodeo champions, will show she’s as comfortable on horseback as on stage with a starring role during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo.

The talented singer-songwriter and former rodeo competitor, 22, is gearing up to sing the national anthem on horseback to get the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest rodeo underway.

The daughter of legendary competitor Eddie Fisher and Jo Fisher, a champion barrel racer, Shea is looking forward to returning to the Isa, where she will also perform in the rodeo’s grand entry parade and Country Music Festival.

“It is such an honour to be asked to perform the National Anthem during the opening ceremony at this year’s rodeo,” said Shea.

“Mount Isa has one of the best rodeo arenas in the world. I remember competing there when I was eight years old, and to sing on horseback this year will be just as exciting as if I were competing.”

This year’s rodeo is still very much a family affair with Shea’s dad taking on the important role of Chute Boss (the person responsible for getting the stock set for the riders and ensuring everything is set before the chute is opened), and her mum competing in the open barrel race championship.

“Both of my parents have been such an inspiration to me,” said Shea. “They gave 110 per cent every time they entered the arena, and have taught me to the do the same with every aspect of my life.”

Shea started competing in rodeos at the age of three, winning her first junior barrel race against 18-year-olds when she was only seven, and in 1997 at age nine won her first National Rodeo Association Junior Barrel Racing title.

“I loved the adrenalin rush I got every time I entered the arena.”

When her family moved to America in 1998 for her father’s rodeo career, she continued her winning streak in the arena claiming several Texas Youth Rodeo Association events including the All Round Championship title.

It was also in America that her love affair with country music began as she listened to the likes of Reba McEntire and Shania Twain.

When the family returned to Australia in 2000, Shea combined her two passions and began singing the national anthem at professional rodeos while also competing in the events.

Over the next eight years she won a string of titles including two Junior Barrel Racing Championships while continuing to perform with her band at rodeo industry events.

Her singing career jumped to new heights in 2006 when she flew to Nashville to record her debut album. Four years later, Shea has two Top 20 albums, four Australian number one country music videos, a US and Australian recording deal and a Top 20 American Country Music Cable Channel video under her belt.

The 2010 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo will be held from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8.

For more information visit www.isarodeo.com.au or phone (07) 4743 2706.

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