Riders enjoy bison work at Stanthorpe Showgrounds
A BISON herd descended on the Stanthorpe Showgrounds at the weekend, as 22 drafters eagerly awaited their turn in the ring with North American descendents.
Though these bison were actually born and bred by Kendall Nielson in the upper Hunter region of New South Wales at Dungog, and not the North American grasslands, campdrafters from all over south-east Queensland still gathered in Stanthorpe for their chance to practice with the unique bovine for the second year in a row.
Teacher by day and campdrafter by weekend Mandy Brown, from Yangan, said the workshop was a chance for her to safely try out her young horses to see what "she had underneath her".
"They're a good training ground for young horses," she said. "One bison is worth 60 head of cattle in terms of experience and training.
"While cattle will sour quickly these trained bison will just lope along allowing your horse to get that consistency."
For more information contact organiser Kirsty Beckett on 0410 552 584.