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Buckle Up for the Mount Isa Rodeo Festival

Buckle Up for the Mount Isa Rodeo Festival
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A Legendary Event for Cowboys and Cowgirls

The Mount Isa Rodeo Festival, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rodeo and the third-largest globally is gearing up for its 65th anniversary.

Set in the iconic red dust of Buchanan Park, Queensland, this event invites riders, ropers, and barrelers from around the world. Nominations open this Friday, July 12, and it promises to be an unforgettable showdown of skill and tradition.

Celebrating the Past, Anticipating the Future

Last year’s festival saw record-breaking participation, with the highest number of junior and female entries in its history. Among the stars was 18-year-old Boston Leather, who took home the revered buckle in the Open Bull Ride.

Other notable winners included Toby Hale and Leanne Caban, crowned All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl, respectively.

The Indigenous Rodeo Championships also witnessed outstanding performances, with Jason Craigie and Peter Jupiter making headlines.

International Flavour and New Challenges

This year, the festival introduces exciting international elements.

Ten junior bull riders from Texas will compete in a specially created championship before taking on Australian juniors. Additionally, the inaugural Trans-Tasman Indigenous Rodeo Challenge will feature top cowboys and cowgirls from New Zealand, paying tribute to legendary rodeo families, the Ah One and Church families.

This competition will add a new dimension to the event, celebrating Indigenous rodeo heritage and fostering friendly rivalry.

An Invitation to All

The Mount Isa Rodeo Festival is not just about competition; it’s a celebration of outback culture and heritage.

Riders from across Australia are encouraged to enter and become part of this legendary event. With entries closing on July 22, there’s no time to lose. Join the Mount Isa Rodeo Festival and be part of history.