The new Hungry Jack’s Mount Isa, which is set to open in the middle of the year, has come onboard as the inaugural naming rights sponsor of the Isa Rodeo School.
Its support will significantly help young locals wanting to develop their rodeo skills, according to organiser Natalie Flecker.
Ms Flecker, the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo Manager, said she was thrilled to announce the Hungry Jack’s Isa Rodeo School would be held on June 21 and 22, leading up to the main event in August.
Hungry Jack’s Mount Isa franchisee Mr John Hodge said the sponsorship was designed to support junior skills development in rodeo competition.
“Without the opportunity for junior development, how will the young competitors get to professional level?” said Mr Hodge. “Through our sponsorship, we want to provide that foundation for the juniors. The aim is to see one of the school’s junior eventually win an Isa Rodeo buckle.”
The next Hungry Jack’s Isa Rodeo School will feature instruction in bull fighting and bull riding taught respectively by Shane “Mad Dog” Simpson, winner of a Professional Bull Riding (PBR) World title in Bull fighting (protection athlete) and eight-time Australian Champion and the 2014 Isa Rodeo Open Bull Ride Champion Roy Dunn, nephew of the legendary Troy Dunn, still the only Australian to ever win a World Bull Riding Title.
The school will offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance for young people to learn bull fighting skills from “Mad Dog” Simpson, who was invited to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas by the then PBR President Ty Murray, after he saw him in action.
“The main thing you need for bull fighting is some sort of cattle background so you can read those animals a bit better,” said “Mad Dog”. “If you are just in it for 20 likes on Facebook that’s as far as you will go. There is a mental side to it, not just physical. If you doubt yourself, the bull will clean you up.”
Ms Flecker said the rodeo school was an initiative of the Isa Rodeo’s organisers, the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Inc (MIRRI) board, which recognised how keen many Outback youths and young adults were to learn rodeo skills in a controlled and professional environment and have the opportunity to be taught by champions.
“We held our first ever Isa Rodeo School just before last year’s rodeo in August, and students came from all over, including Birdsville, Julia Creek and Cairns, they were so keen to learn,” she said. “We held a smaller version, a rodeo school camp at the beginning of the year and our youngest student was 11.
“This next school in June will give many young people the chance to learn from some very skilled and talented athletes, who are keen to share their knowledge and experience. We will follow it up with a bronc riding school in the week leading up to the Isa Rodeo in August.”
The Hungry Jack’s June Isa Rodeo School will offer a bull riding course plus a bull fighter (protection clown) course. Numbers will be limited to 15 bull riding students and 12 bull fighters (protection athletes).
To apply for an Expression of Interest, please email the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The courses will cover an introduction to rodeo, expected conduct of a rodeo competitor, theory, equipment, bucking chute and correct riding techniques plus animal welfare procedures, safety and dismount techniques.
This year’s Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will be held from August 7 to 9.
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