RECORD CROWDS CHEER ON CAMPDRAFTERS

One of the greatest horse events in Australia, the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft has today come to a close, with record crowds and near record numbers of competitors flooding to the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre for the 5-day event.

A year that has been hailed “a massive success” by the organising Committee, Joshua Smith originating from Gracemere Central Queensland has taken out the iconic Stockman’s Classic Challenge event; riding 3-year old stallion GI M Hard and boasting a total score of 340.

Taking home the beautifully presented Peter Abdy memorial trophy, a massive $20,000 cash and a load of prizes, Stockman’s Challenge Committee President Cheyne Williams commended Joshua on his horsemanship and GI M Hard’s display of athleticism and ability.

“Joshua was a standout in both the dry and wet work sections this year” said Cheyne.

“It was a really tough field with the judges scores showing just that so he should be commended on his win.”

Another hotly contested event in the Challenge discipline, female competitor originating from Alton Downs near Rockhampton Jaimie Kriesch riding RKN Peppered Whiz took out the win in the Encouragement Challenge with a score of 332.25. A category calling for horses and competitors who have not won an open age event before, Jaimie also took home second place riding her gelding Nonda Plains of Peppimenarti.

An event that also included campdraft categories for young, old, ladies and men; Walter Jackson triumphed in the Junior Draft with a score of 78 riding ‘Joe’ and Ben Stanger took out the coveted Restricted Maiden Draft, consisting of 176 competitors restricted to herald only from the Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Julia Creek, Winton, Richmond and Hughenden regions.

With entry free for spectators the all new multi-level seating, grandstands and spectator areas were all brimming; especially for the Saturday night rodeo and live entertainment by former The Voice Australia contestants Trent Bell and Tim Conlon which saw revellers dancing and singing along until late.

“It was really good to see crowd numbers so high” said Committee President Cheyne.

“We put a lot of emphasis on spectator attendance in our marketing and planning, aiming to increase trade stalls and alike and it seemed to really pay off.

“On behalf of the Committee I’d like to thank everyone who came out and supported the 2019 event including competitors and spectators, and I’d also like to take my hat off to everyone who helped organise the event along with all of our sponsors whose support allowed the event to become a reality”.

As usual crowds were well-behaved over the weekend with the local hotels, pubs and caravan parks also brimming.

A full summary of results from the 2019 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft will be available from the events website in the coming days or can be accessed from the events 5-days social media coverage.

Countdown Commences for Curry Challenge

This time next week all the action of the 2019 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft will get underway; the iconic Outback event scheduled for July 10 to 14 in Cloncurry.

Marking its 35th year, the 2019 event will well and truly be living up to its reputation as one of Australia’s greatest horse events, with close to record numbers of competitors nominated “the highest number seen in at least the last six-years or more” according to Committee Secretary Stacey Robertson.

Consisting of 5 jam packed days of campdraft action at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre, the 300 plus competitors and thousands of visitors will be in for a treat with nightly entertainment also included; ranging from the NRL State of Origin footy grand final on the big screen Wednesday, through to Friday and Saturday night live entertainment by former The Voice Australia contestants Trent Bell and Tim Conlon and a Saturday night rodeo.

A hard year for many of the graziers and land-owners from across the North West; after the devastating recent flood event, this year’s Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge event will also include a special visit from the Governor-General of Australia His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and his wife, Her Excellency Linda Hurley; attending Thursdays program and free community barbeque from 12 midday, hosted at the Equestrian Centre and supported by Cloncurry Shire Council.

“Linda and I wanted to make sure that our first community event after I became Governor-General was in the Outback. The Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge is about as iconic as it gets and we’re thrilled that we will be there on Thursday to spend time with the community and see some of the outstanding competition,” the Governor-General said.

“We are very humbled to be hosting His Excellency the Governor-General at our event next week, added Stacey Robertson.

“While the Stockman’s Challenge is very much about competition, this year the aspect of also offering entertainment and a break from the everyday is very important for us given the hardships experienced by many of our local and regional land-owners (and competitors and sponsors).

“The Governor-General’s visit and desire to meet with the local community shows that we really do have the support of all levels of government behind us”.

With entry to the 2019 Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft free for spectators, people from across the region are encouraged to head along and enjoy the program.

Full program details are available from the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft website at www.currychallenge.com.au

Nominations to Open For One Of Australia’s Greatest Horse Events

Tomorrow marks the opening of competitor nominations for one of Australia’s greatest horse events, the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft.

Returning to the Outback township of Cloncurry for 5 big days of competition and entertainment from July 10 to 14, upwards of 250 competitors are expected to enter equating to in excess of 1,200 first round runs across the many different events.

Hosted from the purpose-built Cloncurry Equestrian Centre and spanning a long proud history commencing in 1984 the event has grown from strength to strength over the years; today attracting world-class competitors, young up and coming performance horses and stock from far and wide.

Incorporating a number of campdraft disciplines; a sport and past time extremely popular with men, women and children of all ages the 2019 event will “uphold and adhere to the sports proud history” said Stockman’s Challenge Committee President Cheyne Williams.

“The sport of campdrafting is believed to have begun in rural Queensland in the early days of the Australian stockman.

“When drovers needed to select individual cattle from a mob the stockman would "cut out" or separate the beast through the skills of the horse and rider to block its attempts to follow its natural instincts of returning to the mob.

“Over time, stockmen developed competitions based around this activity, evolving into the uniquely Australian sport as we know it today” he said.

With points scored by horse and rider for cut out, horse work and course completion the prestige associated with a win in an event such as the Stockman’s Challenge is invaluable to the owner of the horse with fine stock horse rankings applicable across the country.

With full program details including schedule, events, nomination details and working patterns and detailed rules and regulations available now from www.currychallenge.com.au interested competitors are urged to set their alarms for an 8am opening of nominations at campdraftcentral.com.au

The Voices Set to Rock Cloncurry’s Stockman’s Challenge

Two former contestants and Team Delta members from Channel Nine’s ‘The Voice Australia’ are set to rock the stage as part of night time entertainment at this year’s Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft with thanks to Curley Cattle Transport.

Renowned as one of the greatest horse events in Australia and a must-do on the regions social calendar, the Stockman’s Challenge will return to Cloncurry in Outback Queensland from Wednesday July 10 to Sunday 14.

Featuring days packed with campdraft action and a Saturday night rodeo; pop-artist and former Australian super group ‘The Collective’ member Trent Bell of Townsville origins will be headlining the live entertainment both Friday and Saturday nights, supported by fellow past Voice contestant and popular cover artist Tim Conlon heralding from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Returning to the iconic event for his second year running, Trent’s life long passion for music has seen him travel the world but his love for North Queensland remains, shown recently with his performance alongside Rob Thomas in Townsville for a concert giving back to the community after the devastation of the February floods.

"I was amongst all the devastation and floods in North Queensland losing majority of my belongings in Townsville. But I can tell you, it creates thick skin and if anyone can get through this it's us Queenslanders; built to withstand tough times like these. I feel for everyone who was impacted, and I know we can all get through it, I know it!"

With many rural residents of the Cloncurry Shire and surrounds where the Stockman’s Challenge is held also affected “putting on a performance that allows them to unwind and have a great time” is just another way Trent aims to show his support.

Trent and Tim will be performing from 9pm both Friday and Saturday night of the Challenge, hosted at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre. Entry for spectators is free with bar, food and trade stalls on site so be sure to mark the dates in your diary and book your accommodation today.

For more information on the 2019 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft head to www.currychallenge.com.au

Stockman’s Challenge Returns To Curry Bigger Than Ever

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.

“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” he said.

“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.

Media Contacts

Cheyne Williams

President

Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft Committee

P- 0437 185 003

E- stockmanschallenge@hotmail.com

Katie Schrodter

Media & Marketing Officer

2019 Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft

P- 0400 089 222

E- katie@headlinesnorthwestqld.com.au

Hundreds head to Cloncurry for annual Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft

Heralded as one of the greatest displays of horsemanship in Australia, the 2018 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft returned to Queensland’s Outback on Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 July 2018. Hundreds of competitors, spectators and sponsors from across Australia made the trip celebrate the prestigious and elite event.

With more than $100,000 in prizes and prize money up for grabs, the standard of competition for the 2018 event was exceptional. The winner of the renowned Curley Cattle Transport Classic Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge was Morgan Webb and Contractor, owned by Tony and Kellie Pearce with a clear 10 point lead over the rest of the field.

Tony Pearce, owner of Contractor, said he was thrilled with the performance of Morgan Webb and their horse Contractor.

"We are so pleased with our colt, Contractor, at the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge," Tony said.  "After four grueling stages, he took out first place in the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge Classic event with the very experience and equally popular Morgan Webb at the reins."

"Kellie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Morgan Webb and Emma O'Shea for taking Contractor on this winter and all the hard work they've put into him, as well as David Ahern for breeding this horse.  We would also like to thank the Cloncurry Challenge committee and everyone involved," he said "we are beyond thrilled with the result."

President of the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft, Cheyne Williams, said the event drew some of the best riders and horses in the country to Cloncurry.

“The level of horsemanship on display at the 2018 event was second to none and in my opinion, is what the event is all about,” he said. “This year, we received 1350 nominations over five days, all of which were of a very high standard.”

“I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the event, who without them, the event would not be possible. More than 2000 cattle were kindly donated, and we are extremely grateful.”

Joshua Smith and Mr Freckles Chic made history at this year’s Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft, becoming the first duo to win both the classic and open Challenges at the event. Josh won the Classic Challenge in 2015, and returned to the ring this year to win the Open Challenge on the same horse, making the history books.

Event Secretary Stacey Robertson said the 2018 event was a great success.

“Held in the heart of Queensland’s North West, the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is unique,” Stacey said. “The event, the people and the Outback environment is quintessentially Australian.”

“There have been some significant improvements to the Equestrian Centre in the past few months, including a new ablution block, a retaining wall (doubling as viewing platform), the installation of a permanent wing for spent cattle and improvements to the arena. We received glowing feedback and hope to continue to improve the facility and the event in years to come.

The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge was held on Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 July 2018, at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre, Queensland.  For more information and results, visit www.currychallenge.com.au.

Final placings of the Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge:

  • First:  Morgan Webb and Contractor on a score of 336.
  • Second: Andrew Stallmann and River Meadows Smooth Abbey on a score of 326.
  • Third:  Hugh Miles and Woolerina Poetry on a score of 325.
  • Fourth: Robert Leach and Shirley Shiney on a score of 320.
  • Fifth:  Robert Leach and Chisa Duck on a score of 318.5.
  • Sixth: Wayne Bean and Moore Hard Acres on a score of 315.
  • Seventh/Eighth: Cody Stevens and El Pascol Czar on a score of 313.5.
  • Seventh/Eighth: Ron Wall and Roxette on a score of 313.5.
  • Ninth: Jon Templeton and Donell Park Hustler on a score of 309.5.
  • Tenth: Jon Templeton and Nonda Wallflower on a score of 301.5.

Countdown is on for Cloncurry Challenge

The countdown is now on for the 2018 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft, one of the greatest horse events in Australia, which will be held at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 July 2018.

Hundreds will converge in Queensland’s Outback for five action packed days of live entertainment, Aussie comradeship and thrilling performance horse competition. The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is an elite and prestigious event, attracting elite competitors from across Australia to the heart of the Australian Outback.

President of the Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft, Cheyne Williams, says the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is a highlight on the calendar for competitors, sponsors and spectators alike.

“On the back of a very successful 2017, where we received strong nominations, the 2018 event promises to be bigger and better than before,” he said. “Visitors will be able to see some of the very best challenge and campdraft competitors and horses in the Country put their horsemanship to the test.”

“Held in the heart of Queensland’s North West, the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is unique. The event, the people and the Outback environment is quintessentially Australian. It’s not surprising that hundreds of people flock to the event for five days of action, culminating in the Challenge Finals on Saturday afternoon, where contenders battle it out for the coveted Quart Pot.

“There have been some significant improvements to the Equestrian Centre in the past few months, including a new ablution block, a retaining wall (doubling as viewing platform), the installation of a permanent wing for spent cattle and improvements to the arena. We can’t wait to show it off next month,” he said.

Event Secretary Stacey Robertson says plans are well underway for the 2018 event.

“The official 2018 program has been finalized, and nominations are now closed,” Stacey says. “Returning events include a full campdraft program, open, classic, encouragement and kids challenges, and the crowd thrilling Invitational Open Draft.  The inaugural Invitational Open draft was held in 2017 and is open to all Classic Challenge finalists since the Cloncurry Challenges inception in 1983.  This exciting shoot out draft is fast becoming a crowd favorite on the program.” 

“We are also thrilled to welcome the live entertainment for the weekend, Townsville local, and ‘The Voice Australia’ semifinalist, Trent Bell and friend Jesse Teinaki.

The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge will be held on Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 July 2018, at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre, Queensland.  For more information, visit www.currychallenge.com.au.

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Event Information:

Ph: Stacey Robertson

E: stockmanschallenge@hotmail.com

Ph: 0409 891 177

 

Media Enquires:

Prue Fargher

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E: prue@outbackandindustry.com.au