Learn to be a jillaroo or jackaroo, and enjoy horseback adventures in the beautiful Tamworth region. Watch thrilling rodeo events and major horse competitions, some housed in one of the finest equine venues in the world, the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre.
Check out the events calendar for all the action, including the spectacular Australian Stock Horse Society National Show in March and bull riding. You’ll be amazed by the cutting-horse skills at the NCHA Tamarang Futurity in May, the richest three-year-old horse performance event in Australia.
Cutting-horse is where skilled riders and nimble horses trained to separate cattle from a herd work together vying for the Futurity prize. At the PBR Tamworth Iron Cowboy in November, watch as professional bull riders try to stay on bucking bulls for eight heart-stopping seconds.
Only 50 minutes’ drive southwest of Tamworth is Quirindi, home to the Quirindi Rodeo. Held in February, the rodeo features an exciting show of bronco and trick riding. The area’s landscapes will also impress, with vast sunflower fields in bloom from December to March.
An enthralling way to see the pretty countryside is on horseback. You’ll find tours for all levels of experience, such as Tamworth and Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures in Kootingal, a short drive from Tamworth. Harlow Park Horse Riding is near historic Uralla.
For a real outback adventure, you can learn the horseriding and cattle-mustering skills of jillaroos and jackaroos on working farms around Kootingal. Choose from either the Leconfield 5 Day Jackaroo and Jillaroo School or the Leconfield 11 Day Jillaroo and Jackaroo School.