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The Boulia Camel races are an annual event. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland John Richardson has made a life of breeding and racing camels. Photo: thebigcamel苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛
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Racing camels decked out in coloured racing gear. Photo: thebigcamel苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛

John Richardson has spent the better part of 30 years racing and breeding camels and knows a good haircut is the best way to stay on a bareback camel when it is going full pelt.

The 70-year-old has been breeding camels with his wife out at Yeppoon, central Queensland, ever since he bought his first two wild camels for the 1988 Great Australian Camel Race, an endurance racefrom Ayers Rock to the Gold Coast.

One of those camels won thatrace and, from then on, “The Camel Man” was hooked.

“When I heard about it in 1985, people said ‘Richo, this would be a great challenge for you’

“I don’t mind a good challenge, it wasn’t easy but we got through it.”

Camels wereintroduced to Australia in the nineteenth century for transport purposesand went on to form feral populations, which have spread across outback Queensland and across other states.

They are considered by the Queensland government to be a non-declared pest species.

After his win in 1988, the former horse trainer focused his attention onbreeding and training the “semi-trailers of the outback” that he said helped Australia’s development.

“They carted wool barrels and railway sleepers, they have done it tough,” he said.

“I was an amateur jockey and horse trainer from way back, I brought some of that with me.

“To prepare them right, it costs you a few dollars, got to put dollars in to get dollars back.

“You have to feed them right, something like you would a racehorse, but you don’t have to give them all those kinds of rich grains because that is not suited for their system.

“People come up and say they spit, bite, kick, but it’s like anything, you have to feed them right and then they treat you right.

“It’s a pretty clean run sport, there isno skulduggery, the boys all know the rules.

“The big trick, and everyone knows this,is to feed your animal right, train him right and you will be in with a chance.”

The Queensland man used to travel across the state racing his camels and said to get a good camelyou had find one that was slim andhad a “bit of leg about him”.

“They are pretty intelligent animals, you have to train them to go into the stall but they don’t take long to get going, especially if they are going with another camels,” he said.

“Camel racing is a family fun day, anything can happen, you have toexpect the unexpected but it’snot like horse racing, it is not a serious sort of thing.

“They have their own track marked out and go where they want to go, others are trained to (be) steered, some are larrikins, you just let them run, you don’t try and control them, just let them go, they know where they are going.”

Boulia, a town on the edge of the Simpson Desert, hasheld an annual camel race for the past20years and Mr Richardson said when he used to race camels bareback in Boulia’s1500km cup final, he knew just the haircut to give them.

“Out at Boulia they used to have bareback camel racing, they are quite easy to ride, you could imagine riding them bareback,” he said.

“I clipped a camel once way back in the early days of racing at Boulia, I clipped him like a racehorse and he just looked magic but I left a clump on the top of the hump.

“I told Shane the rider I had clipped him and he said, ‘Mate what am I going to hang onto?’ I said ‘I have left enough on there to get a grip on top, you just grab that hunk of fluff and go hard’, he won the race easy.”

Mr Richardson has long since hung up his racing boots andnow provides his camels for festivals and shows across Queensland.

“I have won many races myself but I am getting long in the tooth, it’s good to watch my boys race, I can still get up there now though,don’t get me wrong,” he said.

“If they don’t make a good racer, we just use them for show camels, the nice quiet fellas.

“Camel also have good meat, you would think you were eating beef.

“I have only ever had it the once, I don’t make a habit of eating it, I just tell my boys (the camels)if they play up they’ll end up on the table.”

The Boulia Camel Races kick off Thursday July 14 and run until Sunday July 17.

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