Numbers up for annual rodeo

The 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is celebrating a dramatic increase in registered competitor numbers again reiterating the popularity of the annual rodeo event and truly cementing its place within the professional rodeo circuit.

An increase of 18% on 2006 figures shows a total of 503 competitors nominated for the rodeo this year competing in an accumulative total of 689 events confirmed to organisers what has long been suspected, the 2007 Isa Rodeo will be the biggest yet for the largest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere.

The popular Bull Ride has received the highest nominations ever recorded with a 67% increase on 2006 nomination numbers providing a total of 97 nominations in 2007. Organisers have concluded that the increase is due to the higher prize money being offered – $20,000 prize pool with a $10,000 bonus for the winner.

“The bounty on offer in 2007 has elevated the Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo once again, we are now offering prize pools that attract the calibre of competitors that will continue to enhance the reputation of our great event”, said Mrs Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo General Manager.

Adding sweetness to the early success is the nominations for the Saddle Bronc event being up by 22% (prize pool of $10,000), the Ladies Barrel Race is up by 15% ($10,000 prize pool) and the Ladies Breakaway Roping is also up in nominations by 12% (prize pool of $2,000).

The Bareback Bronc (with a prize pool of $10,000 and $2,000 bonus for the winner) nominations have remained consistent with 2006 numbers with a total of 20 being received.

Mrs McCulloch added, “There is no doubt that the Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is in a period of growth and evolution. We have a new home (Buchanan Park), we have competitors from across Australia and the world and we are expecting approximately 25,000 visitors to experience Isa within the next week – it’s an exciting time for the Isa Rodeo and for the town of Isa”.

The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2007. With a record bounty on offer to competitors, the event is preparing for what will be its biggest year.

For further information about the 2007 Xstrata Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.