90-year-old to compete at Mt Isa

90-year-old to compete at Mt Isa Rodeo

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90-year-old Bob Holder comes from Cootamundra, NSW, and has been competing for 76 years.

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STILL GOING: Bob Holder is the oldest rodeo competitor in Australia. Picture: Barry Richards Photography.

STILL GOING: Bob Holder is the oldest rodeo competitor in Australia. Picture: Barry Richards Photography.

The oldest rodeo competitor in Australia, perhaps the world, will compete in the Mt Isa Mines Rodeo on August 12-15.

Ninety-year-old Bob Holder comes from Cootamundra, NSW, and has been competing for 76 years.

While he now only competes in team roping, he was a rough stock rider who won a saddle bronc round in the national finals at Myrtleford, Victoria, in 1959.

He also had a saddle bronc first and second in the national finals at Winton in Queensland in 1956. He has also competed in North America.

Holder will compete in the over 55s team roping at Mt Isa this weekend, the richest rodeo in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association.

He will combine with Charters Towers cowboy Mark Gibb this week in the over 55s.

Holder has so far competed at Charters Towers, Richmond and Cloncurry on the Northern Run and caught the head of his beast at Cloncurry but his heeler didn't get a catch.

This week, he will combine with Brad Pierce in the open team roping at Mt Isa. Pierce has won rookie rough stock world titles in America and will be one of the favourites in the saddle bronc ride at Mt Isa.

Holder will have plenty of competition at Mt Isa, there are 14 nominations in the over 55s team roping and 117 in open team roping.

The story 90-year-old to compete at Mt Isa first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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