By Jenny Cobcroft.
The main part of “Parraweena” (approx.
7,700 acres) was purchased by the Cobcroft family in 1932, with the balance, Telegherry (3000 acres) purchased in 1936.
The main section of “Parraweena Highlands”, was purchased by the Cobcroft family
on the 18th December, 1972. The two Warrah Creek lots Chesney Oaks and Warrah Vale were added in 1987, to give a total area of approximately 13,000 acres.
Brien was born in 1934 and his brother John in 1938. In Brien’s words........ –
“ my parents had
me on a horse long before I could walk – and from that moment horses were my main priority. After years of riding and chasing cattle here on Parraweena, I had my first run in a camp draft at Wingen when I was about 14 years old. In
those days we would ride our horses from home to where ever and ride home again gathering a lot of experience on the way. As the years passed (by this time we had a truck) I was lucky enough to win a lot of championship camp drafts including two
NSW titles and the Australian Championships in 1961. In the off season I played A Grade polo with my brother John, Sinclair Hill, and the late Ken Mackay from Dungog – we won a lot of tournaments including most of the majors.
In 1961, the late Murray Bain, my father and Bill Hyem talked me into having a go for the Three Day Event team that would be competing at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Luck has it – I made the team and four years later in 1968 competed in the
Mexico Olympics winning a bronze medal.”