Australia’s ‘Magic Millions’ of the campdraft and performance horse world kicks off in Tamworth this weekend with a $5,000 grant to help organisers introduce practice stock from Central Queensland.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the influence of the unprecedented drought had impacted on the numbers of cattle for vendors to show off their exhibits’ skills while working stock.

“I was able to present a case on their behalf to the office of the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro for $5,000 in funding to help transport almost 70 water buffalo from Nebo in Central Queensland to Tamworth to be used as practice cattle.

“I have to congratulate the organisers for thinking outside the box as these buffalo have been properly trained and educated to be used instead of cattle for pre-events works in the lead-up to the Classic. 

“These water buffalo are stronger and be run more times without tiring as easily as cattle and the buffalo love the competition against the horses.

“The buffalo were bought from an area 300 kilometres west of Katherine in the NT, trucked to Nebo for the training and education before making the journey to Tamworth. 

“They’ll have mister-sprays in their pens to keep them cool between events and they’re loving the dam to wallow in and green grass at the equine centre.

“This is the 13th year of the event at Tamworth and it has now earned the title of Australia’s biggest campdraft and sale. 

“I take my hat off to the organisers for presenting such a quality event only a week after our Country Music Festival has wound down. As I love to say, build it and they will come,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Nutrien Tamworth branch manager, Mark Witherden said The Classic hosts up to 500 competitors annually and 5,500 visitors daily. 

“There are more than 491,000 livestream views from 25 countries around the world during the event, he said.


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