Cat­tle­men event for Ox­ley

Cap on three-day camp­ing passes at an­nual get to­gether

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ ne­me­dia.com.au

CAMP­ING tick­ets to the 2019 Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s Get To­gether to be staged at Ox­ley will only be presold and capped at 1600 in a move to de­ter a B&S ball type crowd.

Or­gan­is­ers, the Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria (MCAV), are pro­mot­ing “whole­some coun­try fam­ily fun” at the event and con­firmed the ticket cap will only be on the three-day camp­ing passes.

“Day passes - free for chil-

dren un­der 18 and $30 for adults - are avail­able to any­one who wants to come along and see the ac­tion and per­haps stay for the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment,” spokesper­son Judy Dixon said.

For the first time in its 35

year his­tory, the Cat­tle­men’s Cup Chal­lenge - the jewel in the crown - is be­ing held at Ox­ley Re­serve, near Wan­garatta, and on­line en­tries for the cup are now open.

Open, Ladies and Ju­nior Cat­tle­men’s Cup Chal­lenge rid­ers com­pete in a se­ries of qual­i­fi­ca­tion events on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12 and the top 10 qual­i­fiers in each cat­e­gory race each other for line honours over

a test­ing course on the Sun­day.

MCAV pres­i­dent Graeme Stoney said it was the first time the event had been held at Ox­ley Recre­ation Re­serve and that the num­ber of ob­sta­cles al­ready in place for the many horse events held at the re­serve, would make for a very chal­leng­ing course.

“Cup rid­ers need to dis­play a range of horse­man­ship and cat­tle­men skills in the quali-

fi­ca­tion events on the Satur­day, with only the top rid­ers mak­ing it into the race on the Sun­day,” he said.

“There’s an ob­sta­cle course, mounted whip crack­ing and cat­tle han­dling.”

But the cup is only part of the ac­tion at the Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s An­nual ‘Get To­gether’; there’s a full pro­gram with live bands nightly, whip crack­ing, horse and fam­ily nov­elty

events, bush po­etry com­pe­ti­tions, dog high jump, panel fo­rums, dis­plays, food and mer­chan­dise stalls, and more.

Three day camp­ing tick­ets ($170) are avail­able (pre­pur­chase only) and there will also be day en­try (pre-pur­chase pre­ferred).

For tick­ets go to https:// www. mcav. com. au/ an­nu­al­get-to­gether/book-tick­ets.

The Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta has in­jected $6000 into the stag­ing of the event next year.

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