7 Preliminary events are based on the stockman’s daily work
Stockman’s Gear Check
Horse and rider gear must comply with the recognised criteria of Australian gear and be deemed safe and suitable for daily work
Riding bareback & using a choice of headgear riders must complete a course designed to demonstrate their skill, control & manoeuvrability of their horse.
Within a set time competitors must prepare and shoe one hind & one front hoof so that it could be ridden over rugged country
Rider’s competition horse is packed ensuring the bags are balanced & lead through a course of obstacles to reach a campsite where the packsaddle is removed, bags unpacked & the competition horse re-saddled.
Riders must cut out one beast in Campdraft format and then in a controlled manner using a dog, move three beasts through set obstacles
Riders must negotiate a course at set speed attempting to cleanly cut all targets
Using a stocksaddle, riders must complete a 2km course with 20 jumps, as close as possible to an optimum time based on a horse speed of 425m per minute.
Final events are further tests of skills and courage
Open Competitors must contest a Wild Horse Catch and a Stocksaddle Buckjump to determine the 2022 King of the Ranges