Cutting horse competitors from all over the country will once again travel to North Star over the Anzac Day long weekend, to vie for over $40,000 in prize money.
Emerging from US ranchers, cutting is a tricky two-and-a-half minute competition where the horse and rider showcase their ability to hold a single cow from its herd without using the bridle reins. Cutting is a profession for many, and boasts what is considered by many to be the richest indoor equine event in the southern hemisphere in Tamworth each June.
North Star has featured on the cutting calendar for almost a decade, but the Lismore-based Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club has only been hosting its popular Classic event at North Star since 2017.
"We come to North Star because of the excellent cattle and the facilities," club president Jackson Gray said.
"The locals at North Star help us immensely and we are happy to be able to inject tens-of-thousands of dollars into the community annually."
He said many inter-state competitors are expected to chase the Open Classic championship and the $10,000 purse.
"We would love to see the locals come out in force and watch some of the action," Gray said.
The North Star event will attract many top trainers, including Goondiwindi's Todd Graham, who has earned well over $2 million in competition.
A professional cutter since the early nineties, Graham has won almost every event staged in the country, while his talents have also taken him overseas to compete.
Since moving to Goondiwindi just over two years ago to work for SDM Quarter Horse Stud, Graham has continued his success and will look to add to his list of championships at North Star from the 25th - 28th of this month.
Competition commences at the North Star sports club on ANZAC Day and runs for four full days.