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Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
19-Apr-24 - 05:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: GOOD news
Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
Young drovers keep century-old traditions alive on the week-long Eidsvold Cattle Drive Perched against each other in the long green grass, the young Scholl siblings take a quick break, just long enough to down an egg sandwich, a cool drink, and a few lollies.

Once they dust off their dirty jeans, big sister Josie helps youngest brother Bennett mount his horse, guiding his tiny legs into the stirrups.

That's the job of a big sister — to watch over the younger ones during this epic 70-kilometre land expedition.
Josie, 13, Koby, 9, and Bennett, 7, are the youngest riders in the biennial Eidsvold Cattle Drive in country Queensland.

"I liked coming on it. We get to chase the cattle," Koby beamed.

Their week-long journey tailed 450 head of cattle, crisscrossing the spectacular emerald countryside given new life from recent rain ...

... Boss drover Bruce Tye was impressed that the children were "surprisingly good" at keeping up with experienced drovers more than four times their age.

Averaging 10 to 15 kilometres a day, the journey is a "bucket list" trip for the motley crew.

"We have endurance riders, trail riders, pony clubbers, and people that just want to have a look at the country and get away from the traffic and madness of town," Mr Tye said.

"That's a lot of people having a lot of fun and all getting along."

...They're all buzzing knowing they've raised more than $150,000 for charities including LifeFlight and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Eidsvold Cattle Drive Inc. is a not-for-profit, raising funds for the advancement of health.