“Everything cattleman” will be celebrated this weekend at the Oxley Reserve near Wangaratta, as families who call the Victorian high country home congregate.
The annual Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria get together has been running for more than 40 years and includes a three-day program of challenges and entertainment.
Horse event co-ordinator Judy Dixon said traffic was bumper-to-bumper when gates opened on Friday morning.
“It’s an absolute celebration of mountain cattlemen’s heritage and country lifestyle, it has a bit of everything,” she said.
“To begin we had the cattle kids cup, a series of 10 challenges including riding over a seesaw and cracking a stock whip.
“We also had a barbecue challenge, that Wangaratta councillor Harry Bussell competed in, judged by Howes Creek farm.”
Competitions across the two days include mounted whipcrack, cattle handling, hay-stacking, poetry, and carry-your-partner.
Danny Phegan and Longreach will be playing at 7.30pm on Friday and at 10pm on Saturday.
The top 10 highest-scoring riders across three groups will be announced on Saturday evening and will compete in a cup challenge on Sunday.
Ms Dixon said members of the general public were welcome to come along, with entry for adults $30 and free for those aged under 18.
“There’s a whole host of things happening including come-and-try activities,” she said.
Outside of the get together, the association’s work includes promoting heritage of cattlemen and advocating for the return of grazing to Alpine national parks.