The Man from Snowy River Challenge is the showcase event of the Festival, which endeavors to find the modern day Man from Snowy River, so when it comes to the test of good all round horsemanship the Man from Snowy River Challenge, is second to none.

You’ll be amazing at the horsemanship and skill of today’s Australian Stockmen. 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!’

2015 Challenge Competitor Information

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2015 MFSR Challenge Rule Book

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 manoeuvrability 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 2km and 20 jumps.

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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.

Kirby Nankervis (4)


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Please note applications for 2015 Challenge have now closed.


MFSR 2014 Challenge Results

Man From Snowy River 2014 winner – Scott Bandy 


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The 2014 Man From Snowy River Challenge winner – Mr. Scott Bandy riding ‘Knights Top That’ bred by Terry Hillier.  After winning his 5th MFSR CHALLENGE TITLE, Scott has decided it’s time to turn the pony out and hang up the spurs. A true Man From Snowy River Legend.

Man From Snowy River Challenge 2013 winner – Scott Bandy

 Scott Bandy taking out the 2013 Man From Snowy River Challenge for the fourth time. Second win on ASH Stallion Knights Top That. Amongst other Major prizes Scott wins an RM Williams Trophy Saddle – RM Williams has had a long term relationship with The Challenge and have kindly provided the Challenge Committee with this trophy saddle.


Man From Snowy River Challenge 2012 winner – David Mitchell


 David Mitchell has taken home the winners cheque of $15,000, for the second time claimnig victory in the 2012 Man From Snowy River Challenge. Davids also won the Challenge in 2010.

Riding Soda Oxide and going into the “RM Williams Challenge Finals” with the leading score from the preliminary events. David top scored in the Packhorse, was equal second in the Stock Handling with Ben Campbell, third in the Horse Shoeing and fourth in the Whipcrack and Bareback Obstacle.

Man From Snowy River Challenge 2011 winner – Scott Bandy


Riding “Knights Top That” Scott Bandy claimed a 53 point victory in the 2011 Planet Power Stockman’s Challenge, becoming the first competitor to win three MFSR Challenges. He first won in 1996 and again in 2000.

“Knights Top That”, a top performing campdraft stallion owned by Terry Hillier, was making his challenge debut. Before the challenge Scott had just two weeks to establish a winning bond with the horse.


Man From Snowy River Challenge 2009 winner – Morgan Webb


Morgan Webb, like the man in Banjo Paterson’s famous poem “The Man From Snowy River”, was just a stripling when at his first attempt he captured the coveted Modern Man from Snowy River title.

The nineteen-year-old, who cut his teeth mustering with his family in the Snowy Mountain foothills around Tumut, saddled up Bolt , a horse described as a real bucker, and a very dirty horse, but one with the attitude to win, for the 2009 challenge. A horsebreaker by trade, Morgan had the upper hand with Bolt throughout the gruelling challenge. On the way to taking the open challenge title Morgan won the two finals events – the Brumby Catch and Buckjump. Morgan and Bolt also won the respective prizes for the Top Scoring Rookie Rider and Rookie Horse.

Winners History Board

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