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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS

Crowd set for spectacular bull riding showdown at world-class Isa Rodeo

Crowd set for spectacular bull riding showdown at world-class Isa Rodeo Isa Rodeo Arena Boss Steve Hilton is predicting bull riding will be the stand out event of next week’s world-class Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.

“We’ve got one of the strongest fields I’ve seen for a while with top riders like Fraser Babbington, Rhys Angland and Ben Seeds chasing the prize money and prestigious Isa Rodeo buckle,” said Mr Hilton. “Nominations are up overall over the 600 mark and we have strong entries across the field. It’s shaping up to be a great rodeo.”

The top field of cowboys will be up against up to one tonne of bovine muscle with the current Australian PBR Bull of the Year Gotcha Rockin’ leading a stable of fearsome bucking bulls.

The Isa Rodeo’s stock contractor Darren Brandenburg knows come rodeo, all eyes will be on his bucking bulls with names like Suicidal Blonde, Gotcha Rockin’ and the deceptively named Blossom.

“Gotcha Rockin’ is a Banteng which is an Indonesian-bred bull,” said Darren. “He’s never been ridden and has thrown off the best riders. No-one’s even come close to getting him ridden (staying on eight seconds).

“We’ve also got a new bull Blossom – he’s had a couple of 89 point rides on him. He’s actually a big meanie so we gave him a nice name.” Another bull to watch will be Slamin Jam, according to Darren.

“He’s only a three year old but has toured on the championship rounds around the country and hasn’t been ridden. He’s not that big but just has a burst of energy coming out of the chutes.”

The two-time Australian Bull Riding Champion had a distinguished career on the PBR circuit before he turned to stock breeding. “It’s a pretty big honour to be chosen as contractor for Mount Isa,” said Darren.

Among his top stock also heading to the Isa will be Suicidal Blonde, a genetically bred bull whose father is Little Yellow jacket, a multiple PBR World Champion Bucking Bull in the US, recognised as one of the greatest bulls of all time.

Arena boss Steve Hilton said the rodeo-goers at the Mount Isa were guaranteed to see a choice selection of the country’s best bucking bulls and broncs in action. He said Mount Isa once again would feature top bucking horses (broncs) in Australia – including multiple saddlebronc bucking horse of the year Cheyenne Top Girl; champion bareback horse of the year Mandy’s Boy, Cheyenne Brave, as well as Cajun Man and Cajun Lady and new horse Ridiculous.

Mount Isa’s three days of rodeo competition, including bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback, steer wrestling, roping, ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping kicks off on Friday, August 7.

Around $200,000 in prizes (cash and buckles) is up for grabs at the three-day event which runs until August 9. Mount Isa is located in north-west Queensland, 900km inland from Townsville along the Overlander’s Way and is easily accessed by direct flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Townsville and Cairns, as well as by road and bus.

Visitors coming earlier or staying on after the rodeo can explore local attractions including Outback at Isa where you can take a “Hard Times Mine Tour” or visit the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Lake Moondarra, and the region’s twin jewels, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and the fascinating Riversleigh Fossil Field.

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