Queensland cricketing greats including Michael Kasperwicz, Greg Ritchie, Jeff Thomson and Carl Rackemann, along with footie legends Allan Langer and Gordon Tallis are heading to Mount Isa for rodeo next month and a great cause.
The Queensland Rail Bulls Masters will be holding a Sportsman’s Dinner at the Red Earth hotel to raise money for the local Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) on Wednesday, August 10. They’ll be staying on in the Isa for the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere – the Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo kicking off on Friday, August 12.
Rodeo-goers will have the chance to meet the sporting stars at the QR Silver Spike Marquee at Buchanan Park on Saturday, August 13 where they will be fund-raising for RFDS.
Apart from attending the rodeo, the Bulls Masters will also spend rodeo week making community visits around Mount Isa, including to the RFDS base and the Mount Isa Hospital.
The Queensland Rail Bulls Masters was formed in 2010 by a group of former Queensland cricketing greats headed by Ian Healy and Jimmy Maher. The group of former cricketing stars help foster and develop cricket throughout Queensland and more importantly provide community support, assistance to local charities and support for Indigenous communities.
Players confirmed on the Mount Isa tour are Michael Kasperwicz, Greg Ritchie, Carl Rackemann, Jimmy Maher and Jeff Thomson plus special guests Allan Langer and Gordon Tallis. For tickets to the Sportsman’s Dinner please visit www.bullsmasters.com.au
The sporting stars will join a fantastic line-up of entertainment at this year’s 53rd annual Mount Isa rodeo, including Fred Brophy’s Outback boxing troupe, the state finals of QR’s spectacular Silver Spike competition (held for the first time in Mount Isa instead of the Ekka!), rising country music star Mick Lindsay, singers Tom Maxwell, singer songwriter and recording artist, Viv Edwards plus Big Wheel – one of north Queensland’s premier rock cover bands who will perform hits from the 50s through to current top 40.
Other rodeo entertainment includes the ever popular XXXX Angels, the CrackUp Sisters and as well as the Zonta Bush Poets Breakfast on Wednesday, August 10 and the Mailman Express Spring Horse Race on Thursday, August 11.
In the ring, rodeo-goers can see the nation’s best compete over three action-packed days (August 12 to 14) for a $200,000 prize pool in events such as bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback, steer wrestling, roping, ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping plus the best bull riders representing the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand compete in a spectacular Country of Origin Bull Riding Competition.
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