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Whooping it up at the Cattleman's Cup

Story: Margot Seares

ImagePeople came from Melbourne, The NSW Snowy Mountains and throughout the local district in January to celebrate horsemanship, buschcrafts and traditional bush culture in an area of the Victorian High Country devastated by bushfires only three years ago,

Bennison Plain, the venue for the Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria Get-Together, is a 600-acre freehold parcel of cattle country surrounded by the Alpine National Park.

Highlights were the Cattlemen's Classic and Cattlemen's Cup horse races.

Other events included the Great Australian Packhorse Race, the Wally Ryder horse walking race, the Run-a-Muck Cup, Mulga Bill "triathlon", hay stacking, dog high jumping and whip cracking, while the Don Kneebone Heritage Award for original poetry, stories and song complemented the physical events. Story end

Rick Hodge proudly displays the trophy he won on Big Red.

Ron Connley has won numerous mountain horse events, including last year's Man from Snowy River Challenge.

Haystacking champ Nicki Reeve was pleased with her victory

Graham Forge of King Valley on his way to winning the Great Australian Packhorse race.

Full story Issue 10, April - May 2000

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