First Isa Rodeo winner Mick Davis returns for 60th anniversary

EARLY WINNER: Mick Davis, who won the first novice buck jump in 1959, has returned to Mount Isa for the 60tth anniversary rodeo.

EARLY WINNER: Mick Davis, who won the first novice buck jump in 1959, has returned to Mount Isa for the 60tth anniversary rodeo.

In 1959, 23 year-old Mick Davis rode trains and a mail truck from Casino, NSW to start work in the stock camp at Rocklands Station near Camooweal, arriving on what he called “the hottest day in history.” That year, talk around the stock camp was of the new Isa Rodeo. Station manager Robbie Miller gave the entire camp time off to participate and the ringers headed to town with dreams of winning a few quid.

Mick’s win in the 1959 novice buck jump made him the first person to ever win a bronc ride at the Isa Rodeo. He watched Vic Gough win the open event the following day and Wally Mailman take out the bull dogging. Mr Miller was delighted his men brought home the prestigious Isa Rodeo title.

Returning home five years later, Mick continued rodeoing. In the 60s and 70s he rode saddle horses in the Gill Brothers Rope Ring Tent Shows and and also competed in the Australian Bushman Carnival Association rodeos.

One of his fondest memories is of winning the 1965 Saddle Bronc Ride at the Sydney Show where he won 800 pound, with which he bought a small herd of cattle.

Now living in Tweed Heads, Mick still enjoys rodeo and as well as training and competing working dogs, he assists with the Gill Brothers professional rodeo stock.