The Summer Edition of The Downunder Magazine is out on the news stands on December 7, and our online e-magazine is live now.
- Equestrian Photographer Extraordinaire - When only the best will do!
When we see Stephen Mowbray Photography at an event, we can be sure that the images captured will be the best Australian Equestrian Photography has to offer.
We see the talented man behind the camera, the happy, friendly person who LOVES what he does, horse photography is his passion and he strives to be the absolute best at what he does. Most of us don't know Stephen personally, but his story is rather unique.
- My Adventures into the damper than usual Simpson Desert
Some people might think you are out of your mind to want to venture into one of the remotest areas in the Australian outback, travelling on tracks that see more camels venturing along them than vehicles. A place where temperatures can reach 50°C in summer and there is no mobile phone service for hundreds of kilometres. A place where heat waves are not unheard of in the middle of winter and your chances of meeting an alien would be more likely than another human being.
- Cowboys 4 Charity
Where do you begin when it comes to Cowboys and Charity! It all started with a passionate group of like-minded ropers, steer wrestlers and general cowboys (and gals), who meet not only to enjoy the sport they love but also to help beautiful families in great need.
- Glenafton Goats...And Soaps!
Soap may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'goat' but Sharyn Carmichael from 'Glenafton' is working hard to change that.
Thirty-six years ago Sharyn's mother decided to think outside the square for ways to improve Sharyn's severe excema and asthma so she purchased the family's first goats. Their milk made a significant difference to Sharyn's conditions so the goats have stayed, becoming the 'Glenafton' stud in 1984 and descendants of those originals are now owned by Sharyn.
- McBean Crowned Number One for 2016
Due to the sheer travel distance, it's not often you see a Northern Territorian climb the ranks of the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) to take out a National Title, however, this year Northern Territorians can be proud of Katherine local, Darcy McBean, who has been crowned Australian Bull Riding Champion of 2016!
- FEI Horse Driving Trials at its best
Competitive Carriage Driving has once again made a name for its self, in the heart of Northern NSW at last month's Horse Driving Trials Club - FEI CAI 1* & 2* and National Event held at the Australian Equine & Livestock Event Centre in Tamworth from 4th - 9th October 2016. This event was hosted in conjunction with the North and North West Show Jump Club World Cup Qualifier. After what was one of the wettest Septembers in Tamworth's history, this did not harbour the competitor entries and only made for a picturesque backdrop. Driving competitors came from far and wide with 5 states represented including South Australia and Western Australia.
- Outback Creative Part 2
The Spring issue of Downunder showcased some brilliant photographers who make up just part of the Outback Creative team. This issue we focus on the painters and the sketch pencil and mixed media artists, and a very talented poet/writer.
- Alice Springs Camel Cup
The first race began in 1970, started by a good old Aussie bet between two mates - Noel Fullerton and Keith Mooney- Smith. The gauntlet was thrown down by Noel Fullerton in the form of a letter to the Lions Club! It read so:
... I have had a feud with Lion Keith Mooney-Smith for some considerable time and I feel it is time we settled it.
So I challenge him to a duel, weapons being camels. Time and place I leave this up to him. That is if he is not chicken as he is getting that fat I doubt if he can sit on one; a good suggested time for this grudge race would be Centenary Celebrations....
Yours sincerely "Lion Noel"
- Names to watch in the future of Rodeo
They prepare. Nervous and excited hands on the reins. Focussed determination to do the best job they can in the next few seconds. Just like they have practiced for. Hundreds of kilos of well trained horse power beneath them, ready to explode into the arena in response to the touch of heels on its side.
In central Queensland the second, and even third generations of cowboys and cowgirls are making a name for themselves in Australian Rodeo.
- Lovers Leap - The Reckless Proposal
Travelling through the remote outback of Queensland has its many challenges at times. However it also has some of the most spectacular sights that makes any obstacles that you may encounter along the way, well worth it.
One of those sights is in the area around Middleton, 200 kilometres north-east of Boulia and 164 kilometres west of Winton. The local landscape in the area was recently used in an Australian contemporary Western thriller and I'm sure it would also rank high on John Wayne's list for a western movie if he was alive today.
- ABCRA National Finals ...The Countdown is On!
ABCRA's National Finals is set to be one to remember with the 2016 Campdraft and Rodeo season coming to a close finish! Competitors are now making preparations for the tough competition ahead at Tamworth's world class AELEC arena in January 2017.
- Tales from my Kitchen Part 5
I was daydreaming of coffee and cake, of half an hour with a good book, of a cool shower with soap that smelt like roses or honeysuckle - anything but stock lick!
We were still an hour from home on a single vehicle bush track that wound beside a dry creek bed full of wash outs and sharp little gullies. Beside me two small boys were beginning to wilt from the heat and hunger pains were starting to bite, making them irritable too. They were already elbowing each other for more seat space but the unyielding bench seat of the old cruiser offered little in the way of comfort. It just bounced you off your seat each time we hit a bump.
- RafterSAM Roping at Kootingal
On October 15 and 16, 2016 an air of anticipation surrounded RafterSAM Ranch & Arena located at Kootingal in Northern NSW, when their first of many anticipated roping jackpots was held. Around one hundred people gathered for the twilight roping on Day 1, allowing the Ladies to also compete at the Moonbi Magic Barrel Race in the morning.
- Barcoo Blitz
An idea amongst friends who are keen to see the resurgence of sprint racing in Central West Queensland resulted in seventeen horses tearing up the track at the Blackall racetrack as part of the HeARTland Festival in Blackall in October. The Barcoo Blitz followed on from the thoroughbred races and the crowd was packed ten deep as they all vied for a view of the horses as they made their way down the track.
- Rein Changer Equine Assisted Therapy
An Interview with Linda Sawrey from Rein Changer Equine Assisted Therapy.
- Three generations of Rodeo, Will Thompson Roping his way to the Top
When Stan Thompson won one dollar riding a bull in one of the famous Gill Brother's tent show rodeos in the 1960's, little did he know he would be the first of a generation of rodeo riders.
- Downunder Extreme Cowboys
Downunder Extreme Cowboys is an Australian associate of the USA based Extreme Cowboy Association. Based in Rokewood, Victoria, where there is an outdoor course that would test even the most experienced horse and rider. The committee of Downunder Extreme Cowboys is a dedicated group of volunteers with the goal of bringing Extreme Cowboy Racing to life within Australia.
- Training tips with Tanja Kraus - Cross Training the horse for physical and mental well being
When it comes to athletes, cross training is nothing new. When it comes to our performance horses however, sometimes we focus so much on the training for competition, that we forget to add some variety into our training program. This often leads to a stale horse, or a horse that begins to 'shut down' in his work.
- Cattle Muster
News from Texas Longhorn and Wagyu.
The Extra bits and pieces
- Lighten Your Load
Your regular column on getting you through life's struggles.
We have some great photo coverage from all over Australia including:
- Smiths Gypsy Cobs
- Woodenbong Cutting
- Country Weddings Downunder
- Richmond Campdraft
- 2017 Images of the Bush Calendar
- Atherton Tablelands
- Team Penning at BFM