It’s not just golf and boxing that offer big prize bounty’s in sport. The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is not only the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere but can also now lay claim to be the richest!
With over $200,000 on the line in prizes, it’s no wonder that the Rodeo Capital of Australia draws competitors from not only across Australia but across the world. Whilst the richest rodeo in the world, the Calgary Stampede offers a bounty of $1.6million, the Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo’s prize pack is definitely not something to be sneezed at in rodeo circles!
Some of the larger events in the US and Canada may offer bigger prize pools, however the number of rides required to get to the Grand Finals is also a greater number than the Isa event. With only a total of three rides over the whole festival, the opportunity and prize money seems so much closer to some than some of the other events.
Competitors vying for not only the glory but the cheque have to endure wild broncs whose ultimate goal is to remove their rider. Hundreds of active rodeo competitors in Australia have seen the sport now become a highly profitable avenue for those who can prove themselves worthy. Cowboys must ride for 8 seconds in order to have a qualified ride. Only one hand can be used to secure the rider to the animal, and they cannot touch the animal with the other hand.
‘We are so proud of the event, the calibre of competitors it attracts and the sponsors that we have on board which all assist in bringing the event and the prize money together”, said Ms Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Rodeo General Manager.
Those seen as the front runners so far tipped to take out the Open Bull Ride are Stuart Frame, Chris Lowe and Jason Mara but the rodeo sport is as unpredictable as every ride meaning that the cheque could be anyone’s.
The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007. For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.