Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:05

Pack up! for the King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge & Bush Festival

For spectators, the ability to get close to the action provides a thrill not experienced in large arenas. You are literally just metre from all events!

Nestled at the foothills of the Liverpool Range and bounded by the Pages River, The Rosedale Horse Complex offers the perfect location for the annual King Ranges Stockman's Challenage & Bush & Festival.

The three day event highlights the horsemanship and stock handling skills of early Australian stockmen. Preliminary rounds see competitors pitted against each other in the disciplines of horse shoeing, whip cracking, riding bareback through an obstacle course, packing a packhorse as well as stock work and cross country jumping.

Finalists are then required to ride a bucking horse for 8 seconds and catch a wild horse within the specified time limit of 3 minutes, with the winner being named "King of the Ranges."

Complementing the Stockman's Challenge is the Bush Festival with a variety of stalls, display and activities including Cobb & Co Coach rides, cattle dog trials, dog high jump and billy boiling competition.

A highlight this year will be the re-enactment of the life of Archie "Bung" McInnes, a local stockman of the early 1900's who was know as the "King of the Ranges" because of his outstanding horsemanship and stock handling skills and who was the inspiration for the establishment of this event.

The thrills and spills of High Velocity Trick Riding will be front and centre at the upcoming King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge at Murrurundi on February 24 - 26 2017. Prepare to be amazed by the skills and bravery in this unique and inspirational show which takes horse riding to a thrilling new level.

With booked caravan and camping facilities at the ground you are immersed in the ambiance of the event. If you prefer to be a little further back from the action, you can choose from a number of accommodation options listed on the website: Tickets are available online.


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