Save the Date!

Save the Date! The 2017 Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is coming!

The Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft is on again from 12th to 17th July 2017.  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.

How the campdrafting competition works…

A rider on horseback must "cut out" one beast from the mob of cattle in the yard or the "camp" and block and turn the beast at least two or three times to prove to the judge that they have the beast under control.  The rider then must take it out of the yard and through a course around pegs involving right and left hand turns in a figure eight, before guiding it through two pegs known as "the gate".

But that’s not all.  There’s also the impressive Stockman’s Challenge competition…

Designed to mimic the day in the life of an average Australian stock rider, the challenge puts to the test the relationship and trust between a horse and its rider.  Stockman’s Challenges are a unique Australian sport; designed to commemorate the Australian Stockman’s horsemanship skills. They are now a modern day tribute to the stockmen and women of years gone by; an acknowledgement of the skills required to work cattle in the bush.  The event consists of a dry work pattern and a cattlework phase. The dry work pattern contains spins, sliding stops and roll-backs. The cattlework phase seeks to identify a horse that can easily control a beast and demonstrates his intended purpose of working cattle in the bush.

To experience this authentic Australian country lifestyle and competition, join our mailing list to keep up to date with what’s on at the 2017 Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft!

Cristy Houghton

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.