Stock chal­lenge gal­lops into ac­tion at Ker­ribee

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.”

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