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TAS Country : January 10th 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013 Tasmanian Country 7 News HIGHLIGHT: Cattlemen's gathering last year. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Get-together returns to Connorville KAROLIN MacGREGOR PREPARATIONS for this year's annu- al Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Get Together are under way. The event, which is a highlight on the calendar for many rural and city families, will be held on February 2-3 at Boomers Bottom at Connorville near Cressy. TMCA committee member Ross Jones spent several years working at the O'Connor family's property Con- norville and said it was the ideal location. ''There's a lot of open space and a creek and a river nearby,'' he said. ''This is the second time we've been to Boomers Bottom and most people really liked it there the first time.'' About 1500 people normally attend the weekend, which includes a range of horse competitions and activities. The get-together is one of few events where families can take their horses and dogs for a weekend's camping. On the Saturday night live music by Jerome will also keep the crowd entertained. Mr Jones said while the TMCA's main aim was to promote the role of cattlemen in Tasmania's high country, for many people the get-together was a chance to get out into the bush. ''We get a lot of people that come along with their families now and just have a camping weekend,'' he said. ''For $30 they can come in and camp on a property that otherwise they would never have access to. ''It's a pretty good weekend because they can watch all the horse stuff on the Saturday and then Saturday night there's entertainment as well.'' For the first time this year, Mr Jones said they would be establishing a designated family camping area for people who may have children or those who prefer a quieter atmosphere. This year's program will also include the annual Tasmanian Mountain Catt- lemen's Championship and Junior Championship. The championships are designed to showcase the skills of horse and rider partnership over three different compe- tition phases -- a cattle working section, a handy stock horse phase where horses and riders must complete an obstacle course and a stockman's race over a cross-country course which will include jumps, ditches and water. A number of other events include stock horse races, barrel races, horse- back billycan races and whipcracking. On Sunday patrons will be able to join a trail ride around the property. ''I've done the ride and it's really good this year,'' Mr Jones said. ''Some people said it was the best one we've had for quite a while.'' Gates to the event will open at noon on Friday, February 1. Entry before that time will not be permitted. Entry to the get-together will cost $30 for adults for the weekend or $10 for Sunday entry. Children between 8-16 years old will cost $15 for the weekend or $10 for Sunday. Patrons who leave the event before 7pm on Saturday will be given a partial refund of their entry fee. Patrons are reminded that alcohol in glass containers will not be permitted and will be confiscated at the gate. xcellent control of with no record of resistance. ood resid al activity. electivity to the main beneficial insects and predatory mites. high level of environmental and ser safety. F TOLL FREE 1800 700 096 www.hortsolutions.com.au egistered trademark of ow gro ciences. rademark of he ow hemical ompany. F T , T T T FF T F cc ss E F ss c s s // . .c / / s/ s . sc c
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