Keeping it in the family … Paul Barron, from Cooyar, with daughters Brooke, Kaycee and Jamie-Lee

July 18, 2015

The annual Cow Horse Competition at Nanango attracts students from all over the South Burnett – from Windera to Cooyar – but it seems the riders from Goomeri have a firm grip on the trophy.

St Mary’s Catholic College in Kingaroy organises the keenly contested event, which this year attracted more than 100 riders from 13 schools.

But for the third year in a row, the team from Goomeri P-10 took out the Aggregate Trophy.

Students competed in five age categories: 5-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years, 14-15 years and 16-18 years.

Events began at 7:30am on Thursday and included a Stockman’s Challenge, Bend & Bonfield, Barrel, Working Stock Horse and Ridden Stock Horse.

There was also a Led Horse category, and for the second year, a whip-cracking competition.

The popular Team Penning event began in the afternoon and spectators watched as teams of three riders tried to cut out and corral marked steers from a herd.

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The team from Goomeri P-10 … won the Aggregate School Trophy
Members of the St Mary’s Catholic College whipcracking team
Members of the St John’s Lutheran School whipcracking team
Lachlan Rockemer, from Booubyjan, with “Gordon” … Lachlan attends the Brisbane School of Distance Education; he was named the 16-18 Years Champion
St Mary’s Catholic College principal Michael Nayler congratulates 14-15 Years Age Champion Beau Hockey, from Goomeri P-10 (Photo: SMCC)
St Mary’s parish priest Fr Nigel Sequeira, centre, with Tommy and Kent Perrett, from “Lindale” at Nanango; the Perretts supplied the cattle for the Cow Horse Day
Troy Grundy, from Kingaroy; John Scott, from Nanango; and Clinton Trace, from Wondai, were watching the whipcracking competition
From Taabinga State School … Kiana Gauld, on ‘Sovereign”; Sophie Ferling, on “Roxy”; and Hannah Elliott, on “Angel”
Cody Hancock, on “Bargain”, from Nanango State School, and Syd Smith, from Nanango State High School
Taylor Cunningham, on “Indiana”, and Jacinta Rockemer, on “BJ”, from Goomeri P-10 … Jacinta was named 12-13 Years Age Champion

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Age Champions:

  • 5-9 Years – Jordyn O’Toole (Taabinga SS) – “Buddy”
  • 10-11 Years – Shannon Hansen (Taabinga SS) – “Cruiser”
  • 12-13 Years – Jacinta Rockemer (Goomeri P-10) – “BJ” / Hannah Armstrong (Kingaroy SHS) – “Sugar”
  • 14-15 Years – Beau Hockey (Goomeri P-10) – “Geneva”
  • 16-18 Years – Lachlan Rockemer (Brisbane School of Distance Ed) – “Gordon”

Aggregate School Trophy:

1. Goomeri P-10
2. Kumbia SS
3. Windera SS

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More Photographs

[Photos: SMCC & South Burnett Online]

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