The evolution of Monto Cattle Drive and Trail Ride
THE annual Monto Cattle Drive and Trail Ride is a drive in name only these days, thanks to the tightening of Queensland's biosecurity laws.
However, that hasn't stopped the organisers, led by Michele Goody, who have replaced the drive with a good, old-fashioned, sweaty cattle muster.
This year, participants will be mustering around 80 breeders at Pommer's Yard, owned by Kevin Goody, north of Monto.
Around 40 riders are signed up, a perfect number for the muster, Ms Goody said.
"They (the breeders) will have never seen that many in all their lives, usually there's only two or three mustering,” she said.
"Which will be interesting, it will add to the day's fun.”
Last year's muster, held at Girly Goody's property Malakoff, the cattle for muster had hidden themselves in a far corner of the paddock and weren't found until late in the day.
"So they got the real authentic experience,” Ms Goody said.
Ms Goody said the event had been going for around 16-17 years.
She began as a rider, before joining the "wonderful” committee around five years ago.
"It gives people the chance to do something they normally don't get to do by stepping into the lives of property owners,” Ms Goody said.
"All walks of life” attend the event, Ms Goody said, from graziers, campdrafters, team penners, pony club members and friends and family from the city.
"We've got beginners through to riders who've been going for 70 years,” she said.
After the muster on Saturday, participants will camp out and enjoy a drover's dinner of camp oven stews and dampers, before setting out on a trail ride Sunday which will take in parts of Pine Mountain State Forest.
The event is a fundraiser for the Monto and District Show Society and his happening this weekend.
For more information, join the 'Monto Cattle Drive & Trail Ride' Facebook group.