“This Open Bronc design is the history of my countrymen’s first job: working out on stations as ringers and out on the flat, branding cattle. In the olden days, when people didn’t have cars out bush, they used the bronc horse to rope and pull in wild cattle. Because it was too far to drove the wild cattle back to the station (to brand), they’d find a big flat area, rope the cattle in, build a big fire, put the branding iron in, and brand them out bush! One ringer would go out with the horse, gallop real fast, and rope the wild bullock, and pull it back to the flat. Another two would get the rope, and get the front and back legs, knock him down and brand him. After they branded the bullock, they would drove them back to the station, then out to Cloncurry or Townsville in QLD. Sometimes they’d be out droving for six months, or one year!
My grandfather and father used to tell me these stories – of the open bronc- and I saw it myself too out at Greenbank station near where I grew up. Some of the old people didn’t know how to ride, because they were sea people! In those days they didn’t get paid, they just worked for flour, tea and sugar.”