29 May, 2020
Mount Isa Rodeo goes virtual to buck Covid
ORIGINALLY cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo committee announced last Tuesday that the event would now be broadcast as a ‘virtual rodeo’ from the famous red dirt arena on the event’s original dates in August
Isa Mines Rodeo CEO, Natalie Flecker, said the rodeo will hold 19 events,
including bull, bareback and saddlebronc riding, steer wrestling, rope and tie,
team roping, barrel racing and breakaway roping, with nominations open to
national and international competitors.
“Competitors will be invited to send in their best ride from the past two years (2018-2019) and the videos will be judged by our official Isa Rodeo judges,” Ms Flecker said.
“We will create a live stream broadcast of the event so that thousands of rodeo fans will feel like they’re at our amazing event.”
Ms Flecker said the virtual rodeo would not be possible without the support of the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, long-time naming rights sponsor, Mount Isa Mines, and loyal sponsors like Bell and Moir Toyota that have supported the event since its inception in 1959.
“It is absolutely incredible to have this support in a year that has been a huge challenge for everyone across the board, from sponsor businesses to our rodeo competitors without whom this event would not be possible,” Ms Flecker said.
“We hope it captures the imagination of our cowboys and cowgirls, who are fiercely competitive and passionate about their sport – and to our rodeo audience who would normally make the trip to Mount Isa to enjoy everything that the Isa Rodeo week has to offer.
“As a free virtual event, it will also hopefully reach thousands more who are interested in rodeo, and who will see what the fuss is about.”
The Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is scheduled to stream from August 7 to 9 on the rodeo’s website.