Today marks the opening of competitor nominations for one of Australia's greatest horse events, the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft.
Hosted from the purpose-built Cloncurry Equestrian Centre and spanning a long proud history commencing in 1984 the event has grown from strength to strength over the years; today attracting world-class competitors and young up and coming performance horses from far and wide.
Over the five big days of competition and entertainment from July 10 to 14, "upwards of 250 competitors are expected to enter, equating to in excess of 1200 first round runs across a range of highly competitive Campdraft and Challenge events," said Stockman's Challenge committee president Cheyne Williams.
"Campdrafting is a sport and past time that is popular with men, women and children of all ages. It is a competition where the horse and rider are scored on cut-out, horse work and timed course," Ms Williams said.
"The Challenge part of the event itself is a spectacular show of some of the finest horsemen and women in the country performing a combination of cattle work (to demonstrate cow horse skills) and a working pattern (to demonstrate discipline and training).
"The prestige associated with a win in an event such as the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge is invaluable to the owner of the horse and a great achievement for its rider".
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