A former World Rookie of the Year and current Australian Saddle Bronc Champion will share his bronc riding knowledge and skills in an Outback classroom like no other next week – the Isa Rodeo School.
Star cowboy Brad Pierce, 30, will be the bronc riding instructor while Australian champion pick up man, Lindsay Rosetta will teach a Pick Up Man School.
The Isa Rodeo School (aka “the school of hard knocks”) will buck underway next Wednesday, August 10 on the eve of the biggest and richest rodeo in the southern hemisphere starting Friday.
Currently based in Tooma, NSW, Pierce was the 2005 Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) Rookie of the Year, 2006 World Rookie of the Year, 2009 and 2015 APRA Australian Saddle Bronc Champion. Rosetta was 2013 APRA Pick Up Man of the Year, and has been coming to the Isa Rodeo since 1988.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said she was very grateful that champion cowboys like Pierce and Rosetta were so willing to help younger riders keen to hone their skills.
She said long-time former APRA General Manager and the Isa Rodeo Arena Director, Steve Hilton, also a former Australian rodeo champion, would help run the one-day school.
“We are very proud to offer young people the chance to learn from professionals who are absolutely at the top of their game,” said Ms Flecker. “It’s an amazing opportunity to learn and practice in a safe, controlled environment at Buchanan Park, the home of the Isa Rodeo.”
Ms Flecker said pick up men were cowboys who work the roughstock events. They manage the horses and bulls and rescue bronc and bareback riders from their horses after they make a ride. They also release the flank strap on horses after their work is done.
“We already have young people registering to take part in the next school, even before we officially announced it,” she said. “There’s no doubt we have some very keen young riders who want to learn from the best.”
Ms Flecker said the rodeo school was an initiative of the Isa Rodeo’s organisers, the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Inc (MIRRI) board in partnership with APRA.
Cost is $250. To register, contact the rodeo office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 4743 2706.
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 next Friday to Sunday, August 12 to 14.
Editors note: Known as the “School of Hard Knocks”, the Isa Rodeo School is not your average school – the teachers are Australian rodeo champions and the students are prepared to “hit the dust” in the classroom (the world-class Buchanan Park arena) after climbing onboard bucking broncs.
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