No horsing around in wild west spectacular
HE MAY have grown up in the city, but David Manchon is no stranger to life on the land.
It's this unique setting which inspired the area spectacular his team will wow audiences with during the Rockhampton Heritage Festival on June 4.
It took two years to train the stock horses and other animals involved in the Rooftop Express Wild West Show, which has been touring the nation since 2013.
But the show is continually evolving, with each performance tailored to the audience - including the one David and his team are bringing to the Beef Capital.
With the city's reputation as a agriculture hub in mind, David said Brahmans will feature heavily in the show.
"The team is very excited and looking forward to showcasing what's possible with our animals, with our Australian stock horses and our cattle and our working dogs," he said.
"We do get a little bit more nervous when we go and do it in front of a country crowd because people in Rockhampton are very informed.
"There are plenty of good cattlemen, plenty of good horsemen around that area so we've got to make sure we're on our toes and we're bringing our A-game basically.
"We're lucky enough to have a fairly strong team to be able to show people what's possible with these horses."
David always rode horses, despite growing up in Brisbane and eventually joined the team at the Australian Outback Spectacular as a lead performer.
When they're not touring now, David can be found training horses from his home at Mt Mort in the Lockyer Valley.
It's a lifestyle David says he's privileged to lead, working with some of the nation's premier stock horses.
For David, the most important aspect of his job is building a connection with the animals he works with and it's "humbling" to have that honour.
"It's important because we ask a lot of them, but we also treat them like kings because they give so much of themselves to us," David said of the show's stars.
"We treat them all like kings and they've really earnt their place in the world."