One of the greatest horse events in Australia, the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft is primed to make its return to Outback Queensland from July 10 to 14.
Hosted from the purpose-built Cloncurry Equestrian Centre and marking its 35th year; a milestone in itself, the 2019 event supported by Curley Cattle Transport will be made bigger than ever with organisers announcing "a massive cash prize of $20,000" being allocated for the overall winner of the iconic Stockman's Challenge event.
An elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from across the country into a fierce and thrilling competition; the Stockman's Challenge incorporates a number of campdraft disciplines along with a rodeo, live entertainment, food, bar and trade stalls over its 5-days.
Renowned as the bench mark for young performance horses in Australia, the Stockman's Challenge committee president Cheyne Williams spoke of the requirements that make up the annual event and of the increase in value for first prize, that more than doubles that of previous years.
"The Stockman's Challenge displays a horse's athleticism, ability and trainability, whilst exhibiting the rider's horsemanship," Williams said.
"The competition requires competitors to complete two demonstrations; the first is the 'dry' section where competitors and their horses complete a pattern with manoeuvres such as flying changes, roll backs, spins and stops before two judges.
"The second is again before two judges but this time the horse and rider combination is required to work cattle in a manner similar to a campdraft course.
"Our ability to increase the prize money for first place is both a sign of the support this event receives from sponsors, competitors and spectators and the level of competition the event is now renowned for."
With classes for all ages and levels, cash, prizes and trophies totalling upwards of $100,000, camping and Outback hospitality combined it's a little wonder campdraft enthusiasts and socialites from far and wide flock to the event.
With opportunities for trade stalls, food vendors and sponsors currently available interested parties are urged to head to www.currychallenge.com.au to find out more or follow the Cloncurry Stockman's challenge on social media.