RODEO COVERAGE SPONSORED BY BOB KATTER

By HARRY CLARKE | SPONSORED

A ROLL call of rodeo royalty is raring to go for the 2022 Mount Isa Mines Rodeo, which boasts the sport’s richest prize pool in the Southern Hemisphere for competitors and four days of unrivalled entertainment for punters in the northern outback.

Over the second weekend in August, crowds of up to 40,000 will see four days of rough stock and thrilling horse action in Mount Isa’s iconic rodeo arena, alongside a live music lineup headlined by one of Australia’s biggest pop stars.

With $270,000 in cash up for grabs, the likes of reigning open bull ride champion Troy Wilkinson, barrel race winner Kerrie Holder and bareback bronc king Fred Osman are among 750 cowboys and cowgirls nominating for the event.

Superstar Guy Sebastian will take the stage after dark, supported by indie/blues and roots performers the Pierce Brothers and country music stars McAlister Kemp and James Johnston.

Current Australian Barrel Racing Champion and reigning Mount Isa Mines Rodeo winner Kerrie Holder

“The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is one of the most electrifying events in the country,” said Natalie Flecker, CEO of Isa Rodeo Limited.

“It’s generated millions of dollars in economic benefit to Mount Isa, Outback Queensland and Queensland, and of course, is every cowboy and cowgirl’s favourite event. We can’t wait for August!”

For the first time the event will run over four days this year, beginning with the inaugural Indigenous Rodeo Championships on Thursday, August 11, showcasing the depths of Indigenous rodeo talent.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Craig Crawford said Australia’s best First Nations rodeo riders, including current Australian Champion Bullrider Donovan Rutherford, will be on show.

(L) Current Australian Champion Bull Rider Donovan Rutherford and (R) reigning Mount Isa bareback bronc winner Fred Osman

“Some of Australia’s most legendary bull-riders and bronco-busters are Indigenous and plenty of young talent will be bursting out the gates,” Crawford said.

“The best thing about the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is how it brings communities together from all across the Gulf, the Cape and Outback Queensland. It’s got something for all the family.’’

Not only will the Indigenous Rodeo Championships deliver a new line up of riders to watch, the dedicated rock concert staged that evening will feature multiple ARIA and NIMA award winning star Baker Boy, the rapper raised in Arnhem Land.

WATCH: Country Caller’s coverage of the 2022 Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

Admission costs cover all of the world class rodeo action on offer at Mount Isa’s famed Buchanan Park, as well as the rodeo rock concert, live entertainment and access to markets and sideshow alley.

Prices range from $65 for adults and $20 for children 5-17 years for Saturday or Sunday, to $149 for a three-day adult pass or $45 for children.

Family passes, and gold or platinum passes for the best seating are also available.

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