Rich Mt Isa Rodeo attracts large numbers

Rich Mt Isa Rodeo attracts large numbers

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The Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo, on August 8-11, is the richest rodeo in the APRA.

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Victorian Will Purcell leads the standings in the open bull ride. Picture: Dave Ethell

Victorian Will Purcell leads the standings in the open bull ride. Picture: Dave Ethell

THERE are 120 nominations for the bull rides at the Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo on August 8-11.

Mt Isa is the richest rodeo in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association and also attracts the most nominations.

The second division bull ride starts on Thursday and has 59 nominations. There are 12 nominations in the over 40s bull ride, an event which is only held at Mt Isa.

The open bull ride has 49 nominations led by standings leader Will Purcell. The Victorian star has won twice as much money as the next best in the field.

He is almost certain to win the pro tour for most money won in the season to September 30.

Victorian timed event star Terry Evison is the leader in all around cowboy standings in the APRA so will start as favourite for his three events, rope and tie, team roping and steer wrestling.

Evison was a dual winner last weekend at the Cloncurry Merry Muster so is in top form.

In the all around cowgirl standings, Emerald rider Ellysa Kenny is the standings leader. She won an all around open title while still a junior but the junior national finals this year at Emerald were her last rodeo as a junior.

One of the reasons for the large nominations in all events at Mt Isa is the large prizemoney on offer and chance for riders to win or place at Mt Isa and boost their chances of a top 15 finish.

The Mt Isa Rodeo will finish with an international challenge between Australia and North America on Sunday afternoon.

The top 15 in each of the eight APRA events will qualify for the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals on October 24-27.

The cut off date for qualification for the national finals is September 30.

At the finals, there will be rounds each night from Thursday to Saturday and then on the Sunday afternoon.

Rodeo program

August 8-11: Mt Isa Rodeo

August 16-17: North Queensland Elite Rodeo, Harvey Range Rd, Townsville

August 17: Darwin Rodeo

August 18: Frontier Days Festival Rodeo, Burketown

August 23: Springsure Working Horse Association Rodeo

August 31: St Brendan's College Rodeo, Yeppoon

Standing Leaders

All Around Cowboy - Terry Evison

Saddle Bronc - Tim Hammond

Bull Ride - Will Purcell

Bareback Bronc - Ben Hall

Rope & Tie - Terry Evison

Steer Wrestling - Tate Van Wel

Team Roping Header - Terry Evison

Team Roping Heeler - Liam Davison

All Around Cowgirl - Ellysa Kenny

Barrel Race - Candy Michaelis

Breakaway Roping - Stacey Wilburn

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