The Curley Cattle Transport Classic Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge is primarily run over three days The competition requires competitors to complete two demonstrations; the first is the ‘dry’ section. Competitors and their horses are to complete a pattern before two judges. In this pattern are manoeuvres such as flying changes, roll backs, spins and stops.
This pattern is designed to display the horse’s athleticism, ability and trainability whilst exhibiting the rider’s horsemanship. The second demonstration is again before two judges, this time the horse and rider combination is required to work cattle in a manner similar to a Campdraft course. The grand final will be on Saturday afternoon, subsequently after the grand parade and presentation of the finalists.
The Stockman’s Challenge will carry a first prize minimum, of $10,000 plus generous trophy. As well as this pinnacle event, competitors will also be competing for various prizes in several other events.