Nashville-based country duo O’Shea and a champion American bull rider will be special international guests at next month’s Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.
Isa Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said she was excited to confirm Utah-based star bull rider Steve Woolsey was flying in to compete in the rodeo’s Open Bull ride.
The high profile husband and wife duo Mark and Jay O’Shea are four-time Golden Guitar winners, present the Big Country in-flight entertainment channel on Qantas airlines and have their own TV Show, “O’SHEA USA” on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel.
O’Shea will be host some social media vignettes and chat with performers and rodeo fans, according to Ms Flecker.
“I saw Mark and Jay in action at RODEOHOUSTON interviewing the cowboys and cowgirls, which was broadcast on the big screens as well as throughout the rodeo’s social media channels,” she said.
“We are thrilled to bring them to the Isa Rodeo and to continue to build the relationship between the giant Houston rodeo and the Isa Rodeo, which is the largest and richest (in prize money) in the southern hemisphere. I am sure our crowds will really enjoy O’Shea getting out and about around the rodeo and watching their interviews on our big screen.”
Ms Flecker said she expected O’Shea’s coverage of the Isa Rodeo to generate even more interest when shared on the Isa Rodeo’s social media channels.
“Having grown up in Queensland, I’ve been hearing about the Isa Rodeo all my life,” said Mark O’Shea. “So it’s a real thrill to be involved this year.”
“We can’t wait to meet all the great folks and have some fun,” adds Jay, “It’s gonna be great! We are very active on social media and see it as a very important way of communicating with our rodeo fans.”
Ms Flecker said she expected rodeo crowds would also enjoy seeing top American bull rider Steve Woolsey in action competing against Australia’s best bull riders.
Steven, who lives in Payson, Utah, exploded onto the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) scene in 2005, when he placed second in the bull riding average race at his first National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and finished second in the world standings, aged just 18.
He also set a rookie record for most money won in bull riding and saddle bronc riding en route to being named the PRCA overall and bull riding rookie of the year.
Steven, now aged 30, was seriously injured the following year, which saw him miss a year of the circuit. He recovered and went on to prove his early promise – as a seven-time USA National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier and the 2010 Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Las Vegas Champion. He has regularly competed in the CBR World Championships as well as NFR bull riding.
Steven is travelling to Mount Isa with his wife Sally and five month old daughter Dana.
Mount Isa’s three days of rodeo competition, including bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback, steer wrestling, roping, ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping kicks off on Friday, August 12. A record $230,000 in prizes (cash and buckles) is up for grabs at the three-day event which runs until August 14.
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