COURSE STOCKMEN EPREUVE DES COLLINES EQUITATION DE TRAVAIL
Les courses de Stockmen sont une spécificité de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.
Elles sont issues d’une équitation de travail du bétail sur les stations d’élevages, et se court sur un parcours sinueux agrémenté de passages imposés. Ce sont des courses assez risquées ou les chûtes sont parfois graves.
Photographie prise durant la foire Artisanale et Agricole de Koumac et du Nord en 2012.
In Australia a stockman (plural stockmen) is a person who looks after the livestock on a large property known as a station, which is owned by a grazier or a grazing company.
A stockman may also be employed at an abattoir, feedlot, on a livestock export ship, or with a stock and station agency. Stockmen who work with cattle in the Top End are known as ringers and are often only employed for the dry season which lasts from April to October.
A station hand is an employee, who is involved in routine duties on a rural property or station and this may also involve caring for livestock, too.
With pastoral properties facing dire recruitment problems as young men are lured into the booming mining industry, young women from the cities are becoming a common sight on outback stations, often attracted by the chance to work with horses. Some stations are now making changes for the employment of women by building female living quarters and installing hydraulic cattle crushes etc. An associated occupation is that of the drover, who, like the shearer may be an itinerant worker, and is employed in tending to livestock while they are travelling on a stock route. A station trainee is known as a jackaroo (male) or jillaroo (female), and does much the same work as a stockman.