This weekend’s Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo is off to a flying start with some of the world’s top rodeo competitors in town, crowd numbers and nominations up for the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere.
Rodeo Manager Tricia Esdaile said new additions to the programme – like a Country of Origin competition and a giant replay screen was keeping interest strong – as well as the unexpected – like the only female bullrider in Australia on the APRA circuit nominating to compete in the 2nd division bullride heats tonight.
She said she was thrilled that crowd numbers were up for the second day of competition.
“Last year was a strong year, but our Treasury has confirmed our crowd numbers are even stronger this year,” she said.
“The whole city is just buzzing, whether you are at the arena or walking around. We’ve got thousands of visitors who’ve made the trip as well as people from all around who’ve driven in some cases more than 1000 km to get here. We’ve got more than 700 volunteers who are doing a mighty job helping put the show on.”
Ms Esdaile said the Country of Origin Bull Ride competition, which got underway last night, with finals held tomorrow had been a big crowd pleaser and there was also big interest in the only female bull rider competing on the APRA circuit – 28 year old Tammara Wrenn from Darwin.
She said it was a huge coup to attract cowboys including the four-time Canadian “All-round Champion” Steven Turner, Brazilian competitor Joao Henrique, who is currently leading the International Pro Rodeo (IPR)/Brasil 2010/11 standings and the current New Zealand open bull rider Adam Jamison. Representing Australia is Troy Mara, current Australian Bull Riding Champion.
The Country of Origin bull rides are the last round of each night’s competition in the arena at Buchanan Park, and the last five bull riders bucked out will be given wild cards to go up against the Country of Origin competitors.
“If you haven’t been to a Mount Isa rodeo, make sure you do in your lifetime – it’s one huge event where the community comes together and it is just a fantastic experience,” said Ms Esdaile.
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