About Pride of the West

 

The Pride of the West is the famous station horse challenge held yearly at Bulloo Park in beautiful Quilpie, Queensland.

Since its inception, the Pride of the West has become a magnet for young people looking for an outback social experience, a gathering for Channel Country locals who bring their horses to compete and an occasion which draws on the rich history of bush racing to produce a uniquely Australian event.

The title “The Pride of the West” is awarded to the horse which wins the final race after four heats of four hundred metres down the straight at Bulloo Park, the home of the Quilpie Diggers’ Race Club.

The riders are young stockmen and women who ride their station horses in stock saddles; current race horses, jockeys or trainers cannot compete, so this allows for a good dose of parochial pride generally not found at race meetings where horses and their connections come from the east.