Champion cowboys and cowgirls, the best bucking bulls and broncs and beautiful horses, plus legendary Aussie entertainers including John Farnham and Lee Kernaghan are thrilling thousands of visitors to the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo, this weekend celebrating its 60 years anniversary.
Last night’s crowds were treated to an Outback classic – an “80 year old local bronc rider “Hector” who was a surprise entry in the novelty Super Hero Bronc Ride, 60 years after his ride in the first Isa Rodeo in 1959.
“Hector” (AKA Cloncurry champion bronc rider Luke Chaplain) took out the $500 first prize and raising awareness for his sponsor, the Overlander’s Way tourism route linking Townsville with Mount Isa, before he heads to the United States to compete next week.
The action is building to finals day tomorrow (Sunday) with the rodeo’s long-time naming rights sponsors, Mount Isa Mines sponsoring a North American team of champions who will take on the newly-crowned 2019 Isa Rodeo champions in each of the eight events in an International Challenge tomorrow afternoon.
Just hours after the last broncs and bulls have bucked out of the chutes, a stage will be built on show over the four-day event for a concert live in the arena with John Farnham and Busby Marou.
Isa Rodeo Chief Executive Officer Ms Natalie Flecker said she could not have hoped for better over the weekend.
“We have over 700 nominations from the very best cowboys and cowgirls from every state in the country as well as amazing competitors from the United States, Canada and New Zealand,” she said. “Early indications are of strong crowds, our online sales are up on last year which was a record crowd but thousands are coming in through the gate.
“The weather is perfect, the atmosphere is fantastic and we are focussed on delivering an absolutely world-class experience for our visitors and locals.”
The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is a multi Australian Tourism Award winner for best festival and event – Gold (2018), Silver (2017) and Gold (2016).
www.isarodeo.com.au media: Susan Fuller, mob 0411 463 693