Isa Rodeo Arena Boss Steve Hilton is predicting bull riding will be the stand out event of this week’s world-class Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.
“We’ve had the highest number of nominations in the Open Bull Ride that I’ve seen in more than a decade with top riders like previous Isa champion Jared Borghero, as well as the current Australian champion Darcy McBean chasing the prize money and prestigious Isa Rodeo buckle,” said Mr Hilton.
Every single current Australian rodeo champion was heading to Isa, except for the current Rope and Tie champion Mark Knox. “The quality of the competitors is the best you will see anywhere in the country,” he said.
Some of the competitors to look out for include current Australian Bareback Bronc Riding Champion Dave Worsfold, who recently broke the long-standing Australian record and national legends like Shane Kenny and Shane Iker.
Around 620 individual entries had been received, which was on par with last year, according to Mr Hilton.
“We’ve also got a couple of new novelty events – the Super Hero Bronc Ride and Op Shop Barrel Race which are based on events popular overseas, so the Friday night crowd will see a new-style opening,” he said.
The top field of Open Bull Ride cowboys will be up against up to one tonne of bovine muscle from the fearsome stock trucked in by the Isa Rodeo’s stock contractors, Darren and Dakota Brandenburg. Dakota has just been named the first Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Australia Stock Contractor of the Year 2017.
The Brandenburgs know come rodeo, all eyes will be on their bucking bulls with names like Take the Gamble, Tuff Territory and the deceptively named Blossom.
“This will be Tuff Territory’s first time at Isa,” said Darren. “Like Take the Gamble, he is a Banteng which is an Indonesian-bred bull. He’s a really good upcoming bull, with lots of power, lots of kick and a big set of horns.
“Take the Gamble is going into his fourth year at Isa and is still unridden. Last year at Isa the then PBR Australian Bull Riding champion Cody Heffernan got body slammed off him. Blossom is another top bull to watch, he’s a big meanie so we gave him a nice name.”
Mr Hilton said the rodeo-goers at the Mount Isa were guaranteed to also see the country’s best bucking broncs in action from the renowned Garry McPhee stable.
Mount Isa’s three days of world-class rodeo competition, including bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback, steer wrestling, roping, ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping kicks off this Friday, August 11. Around $230,000 in prizes (cash and buckles) is up for grabs at the three-day event which runs until August 13.
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