An Isa Rodeo cowboy has married his sweetheart in a red dirt arena ceremony on Sunday, at the 2022 Mount Isa Mines Rodeo in outback Queensland.
A real life rodeo romance was celebrated on August 14 when champion cowboy Fred Osman married his sweetheart, Canadian cowgirl Kyla Dolen in the Buchanan Park arena in front of a crowd of thousands.
The twice Australian Bareback Bronc champion, and three time and current Mount Isa champion, the legendary Fred Osman, 36, from Cameron's Corner in the far west of New South Wales married his fiancé, Canadian cowgirl, Kyla Dolen, 35, on the famous red dirt of the main arena at the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo.
The couple married at high noon in front of the capacity crowd, before Fred rode in the final and retained his Open Bareback title and buckle.
Kyla, from Northern Alberto has moved from where it's minus 40 degrees, to live in one of the most remote locations in Australia with temperatures of 40 and above
Kyla grew up ranching in the Northern BC and the Ukon. Twelve years ago she worked on the Osman property as a Jillaroo. It wasn't until the second year that she met Fred - ironically, he was rodeoing in the USA, and came home because he broke his arm. While the spark was lit, it wasn't until three years ago that Fred visited Kyla in Canada, and they fell in love.
Kyla said it was her idea to get married at the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo.
"Mostly because I knew my family wouldn't be able to make it and it could be live streamed so they could watch it from back home. I also thought it fit with Fred's background and fun and different," she said.
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Before Fred and Kyla got married, Fred said he had been behind the chutes many times but he was more nervous ahead of the ceremony.
"Hopefully this will be my longest ride," Fred joked.
"Honeymoon plans are booked, heading to Karumba then across to the Daintree Rainforest, Cairns and Townsville."
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