Stock challenge gallops into action at Kerribee
HORSE competitors travelled to Mareeba last weekend to compete in the Stock Horse Challenge at Kerribee Park.
The event was held across August 19-20. The Cape York and Tablelands Branch of the Australian Stock Horse society said it was a great day of horsemanship. Riders from all over the tablelands including south to Tully and west to Mt Garnet came to compete in the challenge with the event catering for young and old riders.
A judge came from southern New South Wales to oversee the competition.
Riders and horses were judged in five different sections with the overall winners taken from the highest points accumulated over the two days.
Cape York and Tablelands Branch committee member Alisa O’Connor said stock horse challenges are designed to commemorate the versatility of the Australian Stock Horse whch is classed as the ‘Breed for every need’.
“Horses and riders had to be judged on type and presentation, ability to perform precision manouvers, work cattle and do an obstacle course against the clock,” she said.
“All of these are attributes that the Australian stock horse does in its everyday job on a working cattle station, as a show hack, a show jumper, pony club mount or out campdrafting.”