Horse lovers hit equine jackpot
By IAN THOMSON email@example.com
IT looks like a group of Clarence Valley equine lovers has struck something big.
The Southgate Work N Horse organisation (SWH) put on the area's first Stockman's Challenge at Copmanhurst over the Easter weekend, and came up trumps.
A total of 30 entries were received for the two-day event, which covered three phases: dry-work reining, two-handed cutting and campdrafting cattle work.
SWH secretary Leanne Brown said the riders and their horses came from as far south as Cowra and north to Pine Mountain in Queensland.
"It's the first time an event like this has taken place in the Clarence Valley, and it proved to be a success," she said.
"We had great support from a variety of sponsors, including Clarence Valley Liquor and Eagle Boys Pizza, and indications are that this will become an annual event."
Tamworth rider John Pokarier on 'Destination' rode off with the main event, the Open Horse competition. He took home a Peel Gainey stock saddle worth $2400, on a weekend when more than $6000 worth of prizes and trophies were up for grabs.
The Junior Horse event went to Southgate's Ricky Brown on board 'Burrendah Kariokie'. The prize was a service by imported stallion, 'Lectro Lena San', valued at $1500.