Friday 10th - 9am & 1pm, Saturday 11th - 10:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday 12th- 7am,10:30 & 2pm Final & presentation on Main Arena
These times are estimated start times and may change
Watch and learn as three horse training teams, battle it out for the prestigious title in this educational horse starting demonstration.
This event is designed to showcase the talent of three trainers invited by Glen Mia Saddlery Bega to take halter broken horses and train them over the three days of Cobargo Show.
Each participant is celebrated for their horsemanship talents and you will get to see their every step as these leading horse trainers demonstrate their highly personal and specialised methods. The three trainers in the ring this year will be "old timer trainers", going head to head in 2023.
Trainer 1 - Michael Green
Trainer 2 - Mick Otton
Trainer 3 - Dave Brown
Trainers will select a horse from a hat
on Friday morning and will have an hour and a half in each working session, twice a day, over the three days of the show. These sessions will equate to the equivalent of 9 hours in total.
Horses will be trained simultaneously in round pens in front of the crowd on the dog arena. Participants will be wearing microphones allowing you to hear the reasoning behind their highly personal and very specialised methods.
On Sunday afternoon, prior to the Rodeo the trainers will showcase their achievements with each horse. The winning Training Team wins a Southern Cross saddle. This competition is a great opportunity for horse owners and the general public to gain an understanding of successful training methods and techniques.
Horse Trainer # 1
AGE: 47 Michael has pursued a broad range of disciplines in his 40 plus years of riding, from Showing and polocrosse to Campdraft.
His passion in the last 10 years has bee Stockman's Challenges.
Michael competed at the Legends Invitational challenge at Sydney Equitina in 2013, placing 4th.
Most recently Michael has competed in a number of Colt Starting Challenges, winning the Real Deal Colt Starting at K Ranch in 2019, joining an elite winners list that includes great horsemen, Ron Wall and Rob leach.
Horse Trainer # 2
AGE: 73 Mick grew up on a dairy farm in Angledale, Bega and competitively showjumped into his teenage years.
Mick has worked as a professional horse breaker most of his life, along the way bred, broken in and trained his own horses to camp draft (Mumbulla Stock Horse Stud).
Highlights included being featured in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and 'The Age' as one of the first horse whisperers in 1995 as well as 'A Current Affair' story where he started two horses in 1996.
Horse Trainer # 3
AGE: 46 Dave was raised on a farm and has ridden horses all his life. he classes himself as more of a stockman as opposed to a horseman.
Dave rode at Oberon Pony Club and played polocrosse for Lake George for a few seasons.
In his early 20's, he enjoyed competing in the Rodeo circuit, riding saddle bronc horses and bulls.
Dave has over 20 years mustering experience under his belt and is also a farrier.
Hi is currently enjoying competing in campdrafting.
Thank you Sponsors for your wonderful support
Southern Cross Saddlery, Honey Fox Custom Hat maker , Kingswood Sand & Livestock, John McViety,
Psycho Ropes, John Algeo, Southern Farm Supplies, Schmidt Quarries , Candelo Campdraft Association, South East Veterinary Services (on web page), Bermagui Bobcat & Tipper Hire,
Eagle Embroidery, Combaning Stockhorse Stud, Glenavon Pastoral Company, John Short Saddlery, Glen Mia Saddlery, AOK Equine Services, Top Rail