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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- 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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[Photos: SMCC & South Burnett Online]