Winners and competitors in the 2015 Longreach Muster.
Story By Mark Muller

The ninth Longreach Muster drew top-flight competitors from across the bush as cattle companies once more gathered at the Longreach Pastoral College for a weekend of campdrafting, stockman’s challenges and friendly competition. “Friendly until the backside hits the leather, at any rate,” laughs R.M.Williams head of heritage and heartland marketing, Terry Goodear.

“It’s a wonderful event,” Terry says. “It keeps the cattle companies connected to the college. This means that potential future employees in the pastoral sector get to mix with the people who are actually controlling the jobs.”

Teams from S Kidman & Co, the Australian Agricultural Company, the newly formed Australian Beef and Cattle Holdings, Georgina Pastoral, Stanbroke, Consolidated Pastoral Company, Paraway and the Longreach Pastoral College Old Collegians joined the fray.

In a turn-up that drew cheers from the gathered college faithful, the Collegian team took out the overall champion’s trophy. “It’s great to get a win,” says Collegian team captain and president of the organising committee John Arnold. “We really appreciate the effort everyone’s made to be part of the event, and to ensure its continued success.”

Stanbroke’s Wendy Wockner won the women’s division of the R.M.Williams Golden Spurs Campdraft, while Evan Acton, representing Australian Beef and Cattle Holdings, won the men’s division.

This story excerpt is from Issue #104

Outback Magazine: Dec/Jan 2016