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

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Busting the myths on horse movement records with Shane Laffey.

Busting the myths on horse movement records with Shane Laffey.

Biosecurity Inspector
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

When do we have to complete paperwork to move horses?
From 1 July 2016, EVERYTIME a horse moves off a property, a movement record must be created. If you are moving a horse across the tick line you must have the movement record in your possession. Click here for the electronic form that must be signed. 
What is the basic information I must include when completing a movement record?
The new legislation allows for a range of methods (including electronic records) to be used as a valid record as long as it captures the following details:

  • name of the person completing the record
  • where the horses/s are being moved from (including pic)     
  • where the horses/s are being moved to and the name and address of the person receiving the horse/s       
  • the date of movement
  • description of horse(s).

Movement records can be created in any format providing it captures the above specified information, including:

  • diary or logbook entries
  •  notepad or exercise book
  • email
  • text message
  • Excel spreadsheet
  • movement record (template only - this is template for all animals and some information may not be required for horse movements)
  • horse health declaration.

What do I have to do if I am moving my horse from infected country to clean country?
Under the new framework, horses are considered to pose a low risk of spreading viable cattle tick and are referred to as 'low risk carriers'.      
Permits will no longer be issued for horses crossing the tick line
To move a horse across a tick line you must:

  • Perform a manual inspection of the horse/s and found to be free of live Cattle Tick (as per procedure “Manual inspection of low risk carriers” and “Cattle Tick ID”.)
  • Carry a Movement Record (Previously known as a waybill) with you in hard copy (paper/electronic form) accompanying movement record must state the actions taken to achieve the risk minimisation requirements.

The following information must be included in the movement record:

  • Date of inspection
  • Name and contact details of the person who inspected the carrier

Chemical treatments (if any):

  • Date of treatment
  • Type of treatment

So, can I perform my own inspection?

The horse owner can perform the manual inspection if they have the ability to do so as required by the procedure "Manual inspection of low risk carriers." Alternatively, a competent third party person could be employed, or an accredited certifier to perform the manual inspection.

What do I do if I find live cattle tick on my horses?

If a live cattle tick is found on a carrier, all carriers in that consignment fail the inspection and must not be moved to the Tick free zone.

Commence a chemical treatment with appropriate approved chemical (Bayticol Dip and Spray is the only approved chemical for horses)and allow for the reinspection interval.  

If it is suspected that the cattle ticks are resistant to Bayticol D&S please contact your local Biosecurity officer for other options which could assist in achieving freedom from live cattle tick on your horse.
What can I do to minimise the carry of live cattle ticks?

  • Regular inspections of your horses whilst at events.
  • Keep rugs and gear off the ground in infested areas.
  • Spray your horse (s) immediately before returning/moving o the free zone or within 24 hours of arriving at the free zone destination as larval cattle ticks are almost invisible to the naked eye. 

Why do event secretaries require copies of movement records?
An event holder/organiser is required to keep a record of each horse that attended the event.

The details that must be on this record are:

  • Date of event
  • Name and address of the person who kept the animal before the event and details of the person keeping the animal after the event
  • The place the horses travelled from to the event
  • When the animals arrived and left the event
  • Description of horse or horses that may be sufficient to identify the horse or horses
  • Written record of any inspection and/or treatment that may have been required to meet the Risk Minimisation Requirement for the movement to the event.

It is suggested competitors make two copies (one to keep, one to give to event secretary.)
Please click here for link to Cattle Tick Line map
What are the requirements if I am travelling from the NT?
To move horses back in to Northern Territory following the Cloncurry Challenge & Campdraft, horses must be inspected and chemically treated by an Accredited Certifier.
Once the Accredited Certifier is satisfied that the horse(s) meet the risk minimisation requirement for the movement they will issue with Biosecurity Certificate and fill in their relevant section of the NT health certificate and waybill . The NT Health Certificate and waybill will then need to be signed by a Biosecurity Officer, certifying that you have met your requirement for entry in to NT.
What are the requirements if I am travelling from the NSW?
NSW require an Inspection and Chemical treatment by an Accredited Certifier before moving horses in NSW from the Queensland Cattle Tick Infested Zone.
Please download a copy of the NSW Record of Movement which is required while traveling in to NSW. This form can be used for your Movement in QLD as it has the same information requirements. You will need to email a copy of the Movement record and Biosecurity certificate issued by Accredited Certifier to no later than 24hrs before moving horses in to NSW.
If you have any questions, please contact Bruce at Kirra Spray Centre on 07 5536 4714.
There is a list of Accredited certifiers on the Webpage follow the link here.


After a huge 6 days of horsing around, the results are in for the 2017 Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft!  With more than 1200 spectators and competitors, the event was a huge success (and Queensland winning the State of Origin again was definitely a bonus!!)

Congratulations to Jon Templeton from Kingaroy, Queensland riding Gennie Ann Woodall’s PETAS DESTINY for taking out the main prize in the Curley Cattle Transport Classic Stockman’s Challenge! It was very close competition with only 10 points between the top 15 horses going into the final.

The competition saw the most amount of entries for the event so far as well as with some great country atmosphere and entertainment enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike.

A highlight of this year was the fierce competition in the Juvenile, Junior and Mini Challenge and Campdraft.  These youngsters are the future of our sport and we love watching their dedication and enthusiasm!  A huge thank you to all the judges in this competition for your encouragement of the young riders in their classes.

A huge thank you to all our loyal and supportive sponsors.  Without you, our event would not be possible!

Check out all the results below…


Three Things Not to Miss at Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge


Ray Ryder is fast becoming Australia’s hottest new country rock performer. In late 2016 the talented multi-instrumentalist released his debut self-titled album of original high energy guitar and banjo driven county rock/pop tunes. Ryder is recognised as a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and entertainer, impressing fans worldwide for over 20 years.

Ray Ryder will be performing on three massive nights of the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft! 

Ryder’s first performance will be on Thursday night, 7pm after the competitors BBQ. Then performing for a second time on Friday night at 8pm after the invitational draft in Peter Abdy Arena. Ryder will then perform for one last time on Saturday night after the rodeo taking place at 7:30 in Merry Muster Arena.

Ray Ryder will also be doing music workshops throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss it!



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, rollbacks, 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 ‘Classic Challenge Dry’ will be held on Thursday at 10:30 am in Merry Muster Arena, and the ‘Classic Challenge Wet’ being held at 8:30am Saturday in the Peter Abdy Arena. The grand finals will be on Saturday afternoon, subsequently after the grand parade and presentation of the finalists.  The ‘Classic Challenge Dry’ being held in the Merry Muster Arena at 2:30pm and the ‘Classic Challenge Wet’ held in the Peter Abdy Arena at 4pm.

The Curley Cattle Transport Classic Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge will carry a first prize minimum, of $10,000 plus generous trophy.



The Jim Telford Memorial Open Draft sponsored by Leichardt Hotel is completed in two rounds plus a final. Round 1 of the Open Draft will be held on Thursday at 11am and round 2 will be on Saturday at 7am, followed by the Final at 11am.

The Jim Telford Memorial Open Draft sponsored by Leichardt Hotel will carry a prize of $5,000 plus added entry paid to 6 places.

Addition things not to miss are the Rodeo and the Grand Parade taking place during the massive 5-day event and also the final game of State of Origin being played on the big screen Wednesday night.

Things to see and do as you drive from Townsville to Cloncurry for the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and Campdraft!

From the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and pristine beaches of north Queensland to the rugged rocky outcrops and red sand of north-west Queensland and into the Northern Territory, the Overlanders Way takes you through architecturally rich historic towns, dinosaur centres and to the home of some of the world's most quirky events; without even leaving the bitumen!  Keep reading to check out a fantastic drive itinerary from Townsville to the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft.

Townsville to Charters Towers

As you head west from Townsville towards Charters Towers, call in at Ravenswood to see magnificent restored buildings and mining remnants such as mullock heaps, old shafts and chimneys stacks. Then continue on to Charters Towers, a beautifully preserved part of North Queensland history.

Charters Towers to Hughenden

This gold mining town was once the largest city in Queensland after Brisbane. During the gold rush, the town boasted 65 hotels and 29 crushing mills. The stories and legends of the gold rush have been brought to life on the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail: The discovery of Gold at the foot of Towers Hill; the Grandeur of the historic One Square Mile; Greed at the Stock Exchange Arcade; and the Ghosts of the Venus Battery. From the glory days of the late 1800s gold rush, head to Hughenden to step back even further in time to the era of dinosaurs. Along the way, stop at Burra Range or Mount Walker lookouts for an uninterrupted view of the densely wooded buffel country. In Pentland, visit the Norwood Police Cells for a glimpse into the tiny town's past and take a break at the welcoming Pentland Hotel.

Hughenden to Richmond

Hughenden is the heart of dinosaur country; in prehistoric times, it sat on the shoreline of a great inland sea. Nearly 3000 dinosaur and marine fossils have been found in the surrounding countryside. To get a true idea of the beasts that roamed these lands, check out the life-size replica Muttaburrasaurus. 'Hughie', as the skeleton was nicknamed, is on display at the Flinders Discovery Centre. Porcupine Gorge, known locally as 'Australia's little Grand Canyon' is 63 kilometres north of town and Blackbraes National Park, with its unique basalt features is around another 90 kilometres north. Venture 'underwater' into the prehistoric inland sea to Richmond, the fossil capital of Australia.

Richmond to Julia Creek

In Richmond, explore the amazing collection of marine reptile fossils at the award-winning Kronosaurus Korner. The museum is home to Australia's best-preserved dinosaur skeleton, Minmi, and the Richmond Pliosaur, one of the world's best skeleton fossils. See the fossil preparation area, then grab a map and fossick at one of the free designated sites and have the fossil centre curator identify your find. Explore the Bush Tucker Gardens on the banks of Lake Fred Tritton where you will find local native plants labelled with their traditional purposes. The lake has sandy beaches, a boat ramp, free barbecues and a playground, making it an ideal place to relax, swim and fish for barramundi or red claw. Richmond's business district of yesteryear can be discovered on the Heritage Walk, which includes a replica of an original 1860s homestead. Head further west to Julia Creek for spectacular outback sunsets and a chance to gaze at a thick blanket of stars that covers an outback night.

Julia Creek to Cloncurry

Meet Digby, the Julia Creek Dunnart, a tiny endangered marsupial who lives in a special nocturnal viewing area at the Visitor Information and Interpretive Centre, called 'At The Creek'. This multi-award winning centre is built from recycled materials sourced from local railway fettler's cottages and focuses on the themes of water, Country and people. Learn how the Great Artesian Basin sustains life in the outback, have a picnic on the moon rock chairs and tables, or go underground to explore the geological features that shaped the region. Follow the nature trail or take an historical walk through the township. The remains of a WW2 Directional Finding Installation can be seen near the airport.

Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft

The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is on again from 11th - 15th July 2018.  Regarded as one of the greatest horse events in Australia, the Curry Challenge is an elite and prestigious event, drawing competitors from all states in to a fierce and thrilling competition. The event is held at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre, Cloncurry QLD.

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