The bucking bulls won the day at the mighty 2015 Isa Rodeo which organisers say was the biggest this decade.
In a stunning finale to the three-day world class Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo, the best cowboys in the country could not outride the bulls on the day, with no one lasting eight seconds (riding time) in the Open Bull Ride.
Isa Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said this year’s rodeo had exceeded all expectations. “I’m hoping it’s going to be the biggest ever,” said Ms Flecker. “Obviously it takes a week or so for final numbers but we’ve had huge crowds, an amazing atmosphere, the best competitors and stock in Australia. We’ve had clear blue skies and sunshine – perfect for one of the biggest outdoor rodeos in the world.”
Former Mount Isa cowboy Mark Lamberth won his 84 point ride on “Spin to Win” last night, after no cowboys rode time in the Open Bull Ride Final.
The veteran cowboy, who has been bull riding for 20 years, and now lives on the Northern Territory’s “Roper River” station near Katherine.
“I have been chasing it for a long time, over 10 years,” said Lamberth. “I’m sort of getting a bit long in the tooth but it was awesome.”
The largest and richest rodeo in the southern hemisphere wrapped up in spectacular style this afternoon after the Open Bull Ride, the final event of the three day rodeo.
Isa Rodeo Arena Director Steve Hilton also confirmed this year’s rodeo was the best held here in Mount Isa for years. “The bulls won the day today,” said Mr Hilton. “The stock (bucking bulls and broncs) were outstanding, the cowboys had to ride to earn their money,” said Mr Hilton, who hasn’t missed an Isa Rodeo in 39 years.
The rodeo is unique as a not-for-profit event run by Mount Isa’s two Rotary Clubs, which managed a 700-strong team of volunteers to help run the massive event, according to Ms Flecker. “Once again we’ve had incredible support from the locals, our naming sponsor Mount Isa Mines, all the sponsors and of course from Rotary – it’s a huge team effort to make the event the success that it was,” she said.
Thousands of rodeo-goers watched a spectacular day of finals action with the famous Isa Rodeo buckle won by champions including Michael Maher (Open Saddlebronc), Matthew Makinson (Open Bareback), Heath Nichols (Rope & Tie), Errol Frame (Steer Wrestling), Kelly WEstlkae (Ladies Breakaway Roping), and Jo Caldwell (Ladies Barrel Racing).
Held from August 7 to 9, the world-famous rodeo has raised millions of dollars over its 56 year history for local charities as diverse as the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service, the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), North Queensland Rescue Helicopter Service, the Laura Johnson Home and BUSHkids community health organisation.
This year’s event featured entertainment by The Wolfe Brothers, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Mick Lindsay and Tania Kernaghn and Fred Brophy’s Outback Boxing Troupe.
weekend in August each year.
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