IN THE SADDLE: Monto Silver Buckle president Kevin Purcell in the ring.
IN THE SADDLE: Monto Silver Buckle president Kevin Purcell in the ring. Mackenzie Colahan

Australia's best to compete at Monto Silver Buckle

THE Monto Silver Buckle Campdraft and Challenge will be held at Monto Showgrounds from tomorrow.

The event is organised by the Central and North Burnett Branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society, and will run from Thursday until Sunday.

The Monto Silver Buckle will involve competitors of all ages fighting it out across eight events as they vie for a share of more than $35,000 in prizemoney.

Monto Silver Buckle president Kevin Purcell said there was a large number of entries on offer this year.

"There'll be 450 runs of horses over the weekend,” Mr Purcell said.

He said some of the best horses and trainers from across Australia country would compete.

Mr Purcell said there was also a large number of rookies who had entered this year.

"There's a very big rookie class this year, we've got 85 riders with their own horses competing on Friday and Saturday,” he said.

"Ian Francis, Andrew Currie, Leah Read, and Brian Elliott will be the judges over the weekend, so it'll be very objective for judging.

"Tanya White will be judging the Futurity Draft.”


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