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The Cowhorse Competition involves cows and horses … but also lots of other stockhorse activities
(Photo: John Dalton)

May 16, 2018

The South Burnett Cowhorse Competition for schools roared back into life last Friday at the Nanango Showgrounds.

This is the fifth year the competition, which is organised by St Mary’s Catholic College, has been held (it skipped one year due to logistical issues).

More than 80 competitors from 11 schools – plus volunteers and supporters – converged on the showgrounds for a day of fun activities, all involving horses.

Students came from St Mary’s; St John’s Lutheran School; Nanango, Kingaroy, Crawford, Tanduringie and Taabinga State schools; Goomeri P-10; Nanango and Kingaroy State High schools; and Riverside Christian College.

They competed in seven age categories, ranging from 5-7 years to 16-18 years, testing their skills in the Stockman’s Challenge, Western Bend, Ridden Stockhorse, Bonfield Bounce, Barrel Race, Youth Handler and Working Cowhorse sections.

Junior and Senior teams also competed in the action-packed Team Penning competition held in the Showground’s rodeo arena in the afternoon.

The team from Goomeri P-10 have had a firm grip on the Aggregate Trophy since the Cowhorse Competition first started, and they rode away with it again this year.

Students from Goomeri P-10 School took home the trophy for collecting the most points as a team on the day (Photo: John Dalton)

Jaz Forest with Hattie, 2, and Emmily Gollan were cheering on the Goomeri students

South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff was one of the judges for the competitions

Aleigha Gordon, 5, from Crawford State School, was testing her skills on “Cooper”

Dan Hancock and Josh Downie were helping out with the Nanango teams

Goomeri P-10 student Taylor Cunningham, Year 9, with “Indiana”

Kingaroy State High School’s Venessa Kissick, Year 10, with “Janevelyn Madrid”

St Mary’s Catholic College Year 9 student Jamie Atkins with “Pilot”

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More Photos From The 2018 Cowhorse Competition

[Photos by John Dalton and South Burnett Online]

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