Locals take blue ribbons in 2nd Round of Bongongo Angus Stockman’s Challenge

[L-R] Cody Ballard on August Snow was victorious in the Open Challenge, followed by Dan Lindley on Rooster, Jason Lee on Jedi and Shane Piper on Ella.

New and challenging obstacles drew an impressive 170 entries in this year’s Bongongo Angus Stockman’s Challenge and Tumut Show Campdraft competitions at the Tumut Show.

Jo Crowe, Tumut Show Society Committee member, said the entries were spread across four categories, with local riders winning all events.

“Tumut’s got some pretty talented local little kids there,” she said. “There were some very good local results.”

Riders came from as far away as Bega, Wagga, Coolamon and Gundagai to compete alongside Snowy Valleys riders in this round, the second of three, of the Bongongo Angus Stockman’s Challenge Series.

Typically, the third round would be held in Adelong with a fourth round in Batlow. The cancellation of this year’s Adelong Show due to the Dunns Road fire and BlazeAid’s need to use the showgrounds, has reduced the series to three rounds for 2020. The first round was held in Gundagai.

The obstacles in the Tumut event were “fresh and interesting” this year, according to Jo Crowe, with a few surprise for bother riders and Jo’s kids.

“It’s not every day that you get to walk your horse over a mattress and jump a jump and crack your whip and, in this case, carry my kids toys around obstacles,” she said.

Competitors were tasked with picking up a toy crocodile while dragging another pink toy behind their horse, navigating around a drum and replacing the toys without dropping them. In another obstacle, riders had to collect a toy sheep, clear two jumps and put the toy back on a drum.

Any fault in an obstacle gives the rider a 10 second penalty. Failure to complete an obstacle is a 30 second penalty.

“Our entries keep growing every year because it’s fun and it challenges the riders and challenges the horse,” said Jo. “It’s a bit of fun to watch and fun to compete.”

The top ten in the stockman’s challenge went into a campdraft, with Cody Ballard crowned the winner in the open division. In the ladies division, Kelly Ferguson took top honors, in the juvenile challenge, Riley Quinn placed both first and fourth and in the junior challenge, Larney Malone was the winner and also equal second with Jack Lindley.

Sixty riders entered the encouragement campdraft, with Deri Bow placing first.