Meet and ride the horses which are bred and trained to get a job done. These are possibly the world’s most versatile horses – many of them Australian Stock Horses, Quarter Horses and even some real Brumbies which you will meet and develop a deep connection with, a connection and a relationship which is truly unique.
The Australian stock horse is a fine working and performance animal, renowned for its intelligence, athletic ability, speed, quiet temperament and stamina. The basic prerequisites of high performance horses are a quiet temperament, intelligence and an athletic ability. The Australian Stock Horse has all of these qualities.
Most of the horses on cattle stations are well trained cowhorses, many of them trained to do stockwork and draft cattle and many of them have been trained to excel in the iconic Australian sport of Campdrafting.
Campdrafting – a family sport rich in history and fuelled by passion
An Australian horse experience is not complete without an introduction to Campdrafting. Campdrafting is a unique Australian sport involving a horse and rider working cattle.
How it works
In a campdrafting competition, the aim for the rider of the competition is to cut a beast from a small mob in the camp, moving their horse among the cattle quietly and bring the chosen beast to a gate at the other end (front) of the (camp) yard, for a short time blocking the beast two or three times preventing it from returning to the mob. When the rider feels that control of the beast has been demonstrated to the judge, they call for the gate to be opened.
Once on the arena, the competitor is working against the clock (forty seconds) to guide the beast around two pegs in a figure of eight pattern, and then drive the beast between a final two pegs known as the gate. The best combination of control of the beast, riding skills, speed and completing the course scores the highest points. It is not unusual to see a beast gated in under twenty-five seconds, demonstrating the speed and agility of the specially trained horses.
The ability of the horses, combined with breathtaking horsemanship, makes campdrafting a sport for both competitors and spectators. The sport requires consummate skill and horsemanship. Great prestige is bestowed on the winning horse and rider of the competition.