Recognition for Rodeo

Joyce McCulloch, the General Manager of the iconic and internationally known Isa Rodeo has been awarded a 2008 Winston Churchill Fellowship. The award includes a trip to the Calgary Stampede (Canada) and the Cheyenne Frontier Days (USA) rodeo events in 2009 to investigate and establish international ties for the benefit of the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, the largest and richest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Only 120 awards were given nationally with Mrs McCulloch being one of 22 Queensland recipients. Announced today, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, established as one of Churchill’s last requests, provides annual Fellowships for Australians to travel overseas to experience new opportunities, to make contacts with the best in their fields, and to bring the experience back to benefit Australia.

“The 120 Fellowships this year are valued at more than $2.7 million and cover the broadest range of topics – reflecting the fact applicants design their own Fellowships in their field of expertise,” said Mr Paul Tys, CEO of the organisation. “They will have an opportunity of a lifetime to experience the best in the world and to make their mark on Australian society when they return. It is a great award and also a great responsibility”.

As the passionate General Manager of the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, Mrs McCulloch has been instrumental in the development of the event which has experienced increased exposure and growth in the past three years at her helm. Whilst issues regarding moving the event to the new $16.3million purpose built Buchanan Park Events Complex have been strongly discussed within the outback mining community, there is no denying the strategic move as successful with attendance levels, satisfaction reports and competitor numbers at a record high.

Mrs McCulloch plans to use the Winston Churchill Fellowship award as an opportunity to improve and strengthen the event that is now recognised as an iconic Australian cultural experience. Creating affiliations and relationships with the organisations recognised internationally as the leading rodeo events will be highest on her agenda with the hope of increasing international competitors and visitor attendance coupled with learning from the structures the international events have in place.

“We are constantly aiming to improve and better the Isa Rodeo and reach new audiences. This amazing opportunity will allow me to represent the Isa Rodeo and develop key industry partnerships and reinforce our presence on the international stage. Through the Winston Churchill Fellowship, I will work to deliver greater results for our event and bring back learning’s and research to benefit the Isa Rodeo”, said Mrs Joyce McCulloch.

The largest rodeo event in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo will be held from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August 2008. With this year bring the milestone 50th Rodeo coupled with a record bounty on offer to competitors, the event is preparing for what will be its biggest year ever.

For further information about the 2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo please contact the Media Unit at RODEO HQ on 07 47432706.

The Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo is benefiting from a Premier’s Development Grant of $50,000 under the Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP), a State Government initiative designed to take unique and creative regional events to their full potential.

Since the program began in 2001, more than $10 million has been invested in over 500 regional events.

2008 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Program of Events:

Saturday 26 July

Quamby Rodeo (163km NE from Mount Isa)
7pm – XXXX Rodeo Ball (Rodeo Forecourt)

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 August

Cloncurry Merry Muster & Rotary Rodeo (120km E from Mount Isa)

Tuesday 5 August

6.30pm – Isa Hillside Twilight Markets (Frank Aston Hill)

Wednesday 6 August

6.30am – Zonta Bush Poets Breakfast (The Buffs Club)
7.30pm – The Bull Pit “Man Against Beast”(Kalkadoon Stadium)

Thursday 7 August

TBA – Cowboy & Cowgirls Golf Day (Mount Isa Golf Club)
10am – Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce Best Dressed Premises Presentation (Venue TBA)
7pm – Mailman Express (Buchanan Park Race Club)

Friday 8 August

9am – Rodeo & Time Events (Kalkadoon Stadium)
7pm – Mardi Gras Street Parade (George & Sutton St)
7.30pm – Fireworks – time subject to change (George & Sutton St)
8pm – The Bull Pit “Man Against Beast” (Kalkadoon Stadium)
8pm – Tommy Maxwell (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)
9pm – Dianna Corcoran & Kirsty Lee Akers (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)
10pm – Mental as Anything (Rodeo Forecourt)

Saturday 9 August

9am – Rodeo & Time Events (Kalkadoon Stadium)
All day – Bell & Moir Ute Muster (Xstrata Entertainment Centre)
10pm – Amber Lawrence & Aleyce Simmonds (Rodeo Forecourt)
11pm – Adam Brand (Rodeo Forecourt)

Sunday 10 August

8am – Buffs Recovery Breakfast (The Buffs Club)
9am – Rodeo & Time Events (Kalkadoon Stadium)
6.30pm – Chic Frontier (Rodeo Forecourt)
7pm – Cowboys & Cowgirls Night (Kalkadoon Stadium)

Program of Events is subject to change without notice.