Challenge win a ‘career highlight’ for Smith
ROCKHAMPTON’S Josh Smith dominated the scoreboard of the Cloncurry campdraft by winning the prestigious Classic Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and the classic premiership at the weekend.
Smith described winning the challenge aboard Mr Freckles Chic, owned by Kim Huxley, held from last Wednesday to Sunday as “the highlight of my career”.
“I have been competing at Cloncurry for 15 years and it is something that I have always wanted to win,” Smith said.
He joined hundreds of competitors who came from across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory to compete for more than $60,000 prizemoney.
Dry Work Phase judge Phil Webb said the standard of competition was exceptional and highly competitive.
“The level of competition has changed so much in the past 30 years,” he said.
“The young competitors today are extremely well-prepared and everyone wants to compete at Cloncurry.”
“It is a credit to the committee and the event itself.”
Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft president James Coates agreed that many of Australia’s best horse riders competed in Cloncurry at the weekend.
It was a large-event which included the main challenges, a gala dinner, the Saunders Family Rodeo, trade stalls while also displaying the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Mr Coates thanked sponsors and volunteers for their hard work and contributions to make the event run well.
Smith also won the Open Challenge on Playin it Lucky. In the Open Rookie Challenge, Jaye Hall on Eltorrio took out first place, while Kevin Purcell and Little Biddy Acre won the AJ McDonald Memorial Limited Rookie Challenge.
Smith said it was “a bonus” to win the 2015 Stockman’s Challenge Classic Premiership (for horses under five years of age) with his young colt Reys Dual Oak.
The series is held over the five major challenges in the state, including Star of the Highlands, Rocky Rush, Horse of the North, Monto Silver Buckle and the Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge.
Final placings of the Curley Cattle
Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s
First: Joshua Smith and Mr Freckles Chic on a score of 345.5.
Second: Joshua Smith and Reys Dual Oak on a score of 344.
Third: Chris Towne and Townes Serenity on a score of 340.
Fourth: Scott Schoo and Lethal Acres on a score of 338.
Fifth: Berry Shann and Chauffeur Driven on a score of 333.5.
Sixth: Emma O’Shea and Sandytate Boxer on a score of 333.
Picture and story thanks to www.northweststar.com.au
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