STOCKMAN'S GEAR CHECK
The gear check takes place on Thursday with 10% of the score counting towards the Challenge.
Horse and Rider's gear must comply with the recognised criteria of Australian stockman's gear and deemed by the Judge to be safe and suited to rugged bush riding.
There are 6 Preliminary Events which are run on Friday and Saturday.
PACKHORSE & STOCK HANDLING
Competitors must pack their competition horse for the Packhorse but revert to riding this horse for the Stockhandling
Once packed, the competitor leads the packhorse through and obstacle course and unpacks at the Campsite, before resaddling the competition horse.
The competitor then proceeds to the Stockhandling, cutting out 3 beasts and moving them through a set obstacle course
Competitors attempt to cleanly cut targets within a set time limit and then perform their Whipcrack Freestyle routine
Senior competitors are to shoe one hind and one front hoof in a set time
Junior competitors are to prepare one hoof for shoeing and then change the shape of either a front or hind shoe provided, from front to ideal hind shape or vice versa
Riding bareback and using their own choice of horse's headgear, competitors are to complete an obstacle course designed to demonstrate skill, control and manoeuvrability of their horse. They then perform their Bareback Freestyle routine
Riding with the same stock saddle used throughout the competition,carrying a full length oilskin on the horse, and a stockwhip in the hand, competitors complete a course of approximately 2 km with 20 jumps, as close as possible to an optimum time
On Sunday, the top 10 Open, top 5 Ladies, top 3 Novice and top 3 Juniors all compete in Finals Events
WILD HORSE CATCH (Open and Ladies)
Finalists are to attempt to rope and catch in an arena, a previously unhandled horse and then attempt to lead and show some control.
STOCK SADDLE BUCKJUMP (Open)
Using the same stock saddle and gear used throughout the event, finalists are to attempt to retain their seat, for 8 seconds, on a bucking horse whilst cracking their stock whip
OBSTACLE TIME TRIAL (Novice and Juniors)
Finalists are to correctly complete a course in the fastest possible time