Murrurundi NSW

21st - 24th February 2019

Website design by Susan Chacksfield    um | Sed vulputate

King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge Inc.                                                       

Inspired by the legendary Archie “Bung” McInnes                                                       

David & Claire Paradice


16th YEAR


In 2015 King of the Ranges Organisation initiated a co-sponsorship with the Lawn Hill & Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company based in the Gulf of Carpentaria, aimed at assisting young Aboriginal stockmen to develop skills and widen their experience.

Gerald Aplin was selected by LHRPHC as the first recipient of the training and showed tremendous potential performing with credit in his first Stockman’s Challenge

2016 Gerald returned to Murrurundi together with Peter Jupiter. Under the guidance of experienced KOTR Committee members, these young men practised riding bareback & negotiating obstacles, packing & saddling a packhorse, cutting targets with a stockwhip whilst riding at speed, jumping a variety of obstacles when riding cross country and using a cattle dog to work stock. Natural ability, balance and reflexes helped to master many of the new skills required for the Challenge Competition. Participation in a variety of activities whilst in Murrurundi, widened their experience, gaining knowledge to further their careers.

In 2017 David and Claire Paradice, long time supporters of King of the Ranges, showed strong interest in the Indigenous Stockman’s program Their support enabled Peter Jupiter to travel from Doomadgee in the Gulf of Carpentaria with his partner Liddyanne. Building on previous experience in Murrurundi, Peter went on to win the 2017 Novice Championship, a fantastic and well deserved achievement

For 2018 the Aboriginal Development Benefit Trust has partnered with the King of the Ranges Organisation.

The ADBT will enable two young stockmen travel to Murrurundi next February and spend time training with experienced local horsemen, practising the specific skills required for the Stockman’s Challenge.

King of the Ranges members look forward to welcoming the 2018 recipients

of the Indigenous Stockmen program

Photos by Darren Adams

Gerald Aplin 2015-2016

Peter Jupiter 2016-2017