Brown and Hurley Quilpie Cup

Just as early November in Melbourne means Melbourne Cup, in early May the small outback Queensland town of Quilpie has its very own dose of Cup fever.

Running this year on May 5, the Brown and Hurley Quilpie Cup is shaping up to be one of the premiere events on the Outback racing calendar with over $50,000 in prizemoney and trophies for the horses and over $5 000 in Fashions on the Field prizes.
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Pride of the West

The Pride of the West Station Challenge is a unique event held annually in late September. Pride of the West see the stockmen and women of the Channel Country gather at Bulloo Park to compete in a range of events including Two Handed Cutting, 250 metre flutters and a Stockman’s Challenge.

Originally designed to fill the gap when Quilpie lost its second thoroughbred meeting over a decade ago, the event has become a much-loved annual occasion, with the main day resembling a conventional race day complete with bookies, Sky Channel and Fashions on the Field.

This year the Pride of the West will be held 28 – 30 September.
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Quilpie Diggers Race Club

Located in the Outback Queensland town of Quilpie, the Quilpie Diggers’ Race Club continues the proud tradition of bush racing commenced by its founders after World War II. A group of local soldiers who were prisoners of war, on their return home to the Quilpie district decided to form a racing club, hence the inclusion of “Diggers” in the official club title.

Today the Quilpie Diggers’ Race Club carries on with an enthusiastic committee, many of whom are younger members of the Quilpie community who have a love of racing and who are committed to sustaining the sport of kings as an integral part of Outback life.

In 2018 another fundraising event is scheduled in August with the inaugural Ellerston Onassis Exhibition Polo day, an event which will revisit the strong historical links between the Quilpie Diggers’ Race Club and Quilpie Polo.

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