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The Country Women’s Association of Tennant Creek
would like to thank all those who helped out with our
33rd Art Award held in August in conjunction with
the Desert Harmony Festival 25th Anniversary.
A special thank you to our sponsors:
Barkly Regional Arts - Alan, Kathy and Team, Coral Beebe, David and
Pene Curtis, Kathy Muir, Kellie Hughes; Bonny Baby Shop, Helen Kempe;
Adrienne Mackenzie; and Tennant & District Times.
A very special thankyou to Joie Boulter and Yvonne Mudford for all your
help. Many thanks also to Meg McGrath, Angelica Herzog, Kate Young,
Jan Lanauze and CWA members for your help throughout the award.
CWA Art Award Prize Winners:
CWA Art Award 2014 Winner: Regan Tamanui.
Highly Commended and Viewer’s Choice: Patricia Weeks .
Highly Commended: Lindy Brodie.
Best Three Dimensional Work: Joie Boulter and Dion Beasley.
9-14yr Highly Commended and Artistic Award: Cody Tasker.
8yrs Highly Commended and Artistic Award:Morgan Edwards.
Beginner’s Award: Ktima Heathcoate.
Encouragement Award: Kate Foran.
Mick Beebe Memorial: Helen Kempe.
Mick Beebe Highly Commended:Kellie Hughes.
Mick Beebe Highly Commended: Ktima Heathcoate.
Mick Beebe Encouragement Award: Pene Curtis.
Art Award: 1st prize: Prabhu Kiran.
2nd Prize: Sharon Stout.
3rd Prize: Roddy Calvert.
CWA NT Quilt Rafe Winner: Crystal Muir.
Mother’s Day Rafe 2014 Winner: Carmel Bertram.
LAST weekend was action packed with spills,
thrills and more than a few skills on display
as the annual Barkly Muster and Gold Rush
Campdraft got underway at Jubilee Park.
In its fourth decade now, this Mecca for stockmen,
ringers, cowboys and anyone with an interest in what
makes the Northern Territory unique, raised the bar
once again on how to run a professional major event.
Once the exclusive domain of Renner Springs, located
about 160 kms north of Tennant, the Renner Springs
Races - as it was known back then - was an Easter event
dating back to the mid 1940s, which combined a race
meet and rodeo each year up until the mid to late 1980s
when it was decided to re locate to a larger centre.
Vice president of the Barkly Camp Draft Associa-
tion, Tom Haines, was upbeat about the weekend and
believes the annual event has a guaranteed future.
“The quality of horsemanship was extremely high
throughout all the categories this year, especially
amongst the younger riders,” he said.
“Competitors were given a good line of cattle to man-
age and I think we had a record number of nominations,
so all in all a great weekend for those who attended.”
The total value of prizes on offer to the winners of each
category was well over $30,000 this year and included
gold nuggets, necklaces and cash.
Lifetime career cattleman from Tennant Creek Station,
Ken Ford, took out the open draft event against stiff
competition from all over the country.
“I am always honoured to win any draft comp and
to win here in my home town, it is especially good,”
“We have had some top riders here this weekend from
throughout the Territory and we even had a few come
over from Western Australia so, yes I am stoked to have
taken the top spot.”
Saturday night saw the spotlight turn to the rodeo
grounds where apart from the relatively civilised barrel
races, it was a gladiatorial spectacle between man and
beast in the main arena.
Bull riding, bronc riding and calf scrambling kept
the rum-soaked crowd on the bar hill and those who
were there purely for the entertainment value, focused
on seeing a money-winning eight second victory for
More often than not it was the livestock which ruled
supreme and most did a few victory laps just to rub it in.
The highlight of the rodeo had to be the bareback
bronc exhibition ride by Western Australian cowboy
With nothing more to keep him from being planted
like a tomato seedling than a surcingle with a handle
and the will to live, this cowboy signaled the chute at-
tendants to let him go.
MC for the night, Stephen Goddard - who in his time
has not shied away from the death defying sport of
bronc riding himself - described what the spectators
were about to witness as Oversby came out of the chute
on his manic grey mount as “pure insanity, ladies and
It soon became obvious what he was talking about.
With no serious injuries to man or beast, the 2014
Rodeo was declared a great success and revellers partied
in celebration until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Good times ahead for Barkly Muster
Photo by NAThANAEL KOTzuR.
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