The Man from Snowy River Challenge is the showcase event of the Festival, which endeavors to find the modern day Man from Snowy River.  When it comes to the test of good all round horsemanship the Man from Snowy River Challenge, is second to none. You’ll be amazed at the horsemanship and skill of today’s Australian Stockmen and women. All their skills will be on display as these horsemen and women compete in the six gruelling preliminary events set to challenge the most skilled professional riders and horses, with the Top Ten gaining a place in the two final events; the ‘Paterson’s Brumby Catch’ and Kosciusko Stocksaddle Buckjump!’ MFSR Challenge Events Six Preliminary Events Snowy River Stockhandling Three head of cattle are drafted and moved through a set course in a quiet and controlled manner in a set time of 8 minutes. Competitors can choose to complete the course with or without a dog. Harrison’s Packhorse Competitors pack their competition horse ensuring that bags are evenly packed and balanced, lead their horse through a set course ensuring that they finish with the packs evenly balanced then unpack and unsaddle the horse in a set time of 16 minutes. Clancy’s Whip Crack Competitors conduct a compulsory, mounted 30 seconds freestyle of whipcracking which must include a Sydney Flash. Then, at a fast canter and using best hand, competitors attempt to cut targets on a set course in a set time. Banjo’s Bareback Riding bareback and using their own choice of headgear, competitors complete in a set time a course designed to demonstrate maximum skill, control and maneuverability and then perform a compulsory freestyle lasting 60 seconds. Jimmy Scammell Horseshoeing Open competitors attempt to competently and neatly shoe one hind and one fore hoof in a set time of 30 minutes. Junior competitors are to demonstrate the ability to prepare a shoe to one fore and one hind hoof, within a limit of 30 minutes. Mountain Horseman’s Cross Country Riding in the same stock saddle used throughout the competition, competitors complete a cross country course of approximately 2 km and 20 jumps. MFSR Ladies Champion - Emma O'Shea MFSR2015 Ladies Champion –  Emma O’Shea Final Events Paterson’s Brumby Catch Finalists attempt to halter and catch a Brumby in an arena within 3 minutes. Kosciusko Stocksaddle Buckjump Using the same stock saddle and gear used throughout, finalists attempt to retain their seat on a bucking horse for 8 seconds. Ladies Silver Brumby Catch  Finalists attempt to halter and catch a Brumby in an arena within 3 minutes. Jack Riley Junior Final The Top 3 Junior competitors attempt to highlight their skills and ability negotiating a set working pattern.
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30th March - 2nd April 2017
THE CHALLENGE
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The Man from Snowy River Challenge is the showcase event of the Festival, which endeavors to find the modern day Man from Snowy River.  When it comes to the test of good all round horsemanship the Man from Snowy River Challenge, is second to none. You’ll be amazed at the horsemanship and skill of today’s Australian Stockmen and women. All their skills will be on display as these horsemen and women compete in the six gruelling preliminary events set to challenge the most skilled professional riders and horses, with the Top Ten gaining a place in the two final events; the ‘Paterson’s Brumby Catch’ and Kosciusko Stocksaddle Buckjump!’ MFSR Challenge Events Six Preliminary Events Snowy River Stockhandling Three head of cattle are drafted and moved through a set course in a quiet and controlled manner in a set time of 8 minutes. Competitors can choose to complete the course with or without a dog. Harrison’s Packhorse Competitors pack their competition horse ensuring that bags are evenly packed and balanced, lead their horse through a set course ensuring that they finish with the packs evenly balanced then unpack and unsaddle the horse in a set time of 16 minutes. Clancy’s Whip Crack Competitors conduct a compulsory, mounted 30 seconds freestyle of whipcracking which must include a Sydney Flash. Then, at a fast canter and using best hand, competitors attempt to cut targets on a set course in a set time. Banjo’s Bareback Riding bareback and using their own choice of headgear, competitors complete in a set time a course designed to demonstrate maximum skill, control and maneuverability and then perform a compulsory freestyle lasting 60 seconds. Jimmy Scammell Horseshoeing Open competitors attempt to competently and neatly shoe one hind and one fore hoof in a set time of 30 minutes. Junior competitors are to demonstrate the ability to prepare a shoe to one fore and one hind hoof, within a limit of 30 minutes. Mountain Horseman’s Cross Country Riding in the same stock saddle used throughout the competition, competitors complete a cross country course of approximately 2 km and 20 jumps. MFSR Ladies Champion - Emma O'Shea MFSR2015 Ladies Champion –  Emma O’Shea Final Events Paterson’s Brumby Catch Finalists attempt to halter and catch a Brumby in an arena within 3 minutes. Kosciusko Stocksaddle Buckjump Using the same stock saddle and gear used throughout, finalists attempt to retain their seat on a bucking horse for 8 seconds. Ladies Silver Brumby Catch  Finalists attempt to halter and catch a Brumby in an arena within 3 minutes. Jack Riley Junior Final The Top 3 Junior competitors attempt to highlight their skills and ability negotiating a set working pattern.
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30th March - 2nd April 2017
THE CHALLENGE
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