UPPER Murray agronomist David Mitchell has won The Man from Snowy River Challenge.
The challenge was a highlight of The Man From Snowy River Festival at Corryong over the weekend.
David, 26, who is also a saddlemaker, rode his Australian Stock Horse Soda Oxide to take out the challenge on a total score of 645 points.
He had previously won the challenge in 2010 but missed last year's event to be best man at a wedding.
Michael Green, 36, a carpenter from Braidwood, was runner-up with 601 points, riding bay stockhorse Anakin.
Taralga contract shearer Stephen O'Connor, riding Morton, placed third on 589 points.
Corryong's own firefighter Kirby Nankervis was the first female to place in the top 10, coming in fifth riding her chestnut stockhorse Bob.
Kirby had been runner-up lady rider at the King of the Ranges challenge in 2010.
Challenge co-ordinator Jodie Grzeschka said the event drew a capped field of 70 entrants.
They included 11 females in the open and junior events, and up to 14 rookie riders.
Entrants competed in seven preliminary events, with the final top 10 placings decided by a brumby catch and buckjump event.
For his win, David Mitchell received a signature trophy saddle, $15,000, belt buckle, stockwhip, and embroidered horse rug.
"We had some few old faces come back into the competition, including Shane Cooper, of South Australia, and he placed in the top 10," Jodie said.
"It was one of the best years we've had with a massive crowd.
"We had a great team of volunteers who pulled together and were lucky with the weather."
Jodie said a big thrill for the local crowd was Kirby Nankervis finalling in the top 10.
"Also David Mitchell winning two titles was fantastic," she said.
Last year's open winner Scott Bandy, of Tumut, failed to finish in the top 10.