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Go a-droving to Bonalbo

EARLY last Friday, in preparation for the Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club Show at Bonalbo Showground, locals and travellers were treated to a sight rarely seen these days.

A group of Bonalbo Show Society members, all experienced local cattlefolk, along with a couple of keen youngsters, all on horseback and accompanied by supporters in safety vehicles, drove a mob of cattle 20km along the Clarence Way to Bonalbo Showground.

With their first collection point at Bean Creek and two further stops on the way, the mob swelled to 250 head, bringing with it a sight to make many an old bullocky smile, as well as amazement to children whose knowledge of rural life stops at the supermarket.

Many a camera recorded memories to be taken back to suburbia.

LIFE IN THE PAST LANE: With Hannah Byrnes and Paul Johnston riding point, 250 head of cattle were driven 20km along the Clarence Way to Bonalbo Showground on Friday for the Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club Show.
LIFE IN THE PAST LANE: With Hannah Byrnes and Paul Johnston riding point, 250 head of cattle were driven 20km along the Clarence Way to Bonalbo Showground on Friday for the Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club Show. Geoff Bateman

After arriving at the showground late afternoon, the cattle rested overnight.

The cutting horse club swung into action on Saturday morning with displays of skilled riders and superbly trained horses.

Sunday afternoon brought the end of a successful show, and as competitors loaded their horses and gear, cattle were loaded into trucks for a luxurious ride back home.

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