Compass Cup - About us

Gates open at 11am, Saturday 26th January 2019 and tickets are available at the gate on the day:

Adults and 14 years and over  - $9.00   EFTPOS available at the gate
Children under 14 years  - gold coin donation to Drought Relief

Ute Muster

Entry fee $20

Registration on the day

Utes on the oval by midday

Why come to the Compass Cup?


  • A family day of fun

  • Spectator participation in encouraged

  • Bid on a cow in the auction to ride in the Compass Cup, and if all goes well, win the race!

  • We cater for the young, and no so young
    - Younger crowd - side shows, farm animal zoo, tractor pull, arena events for kids
    - No so young - bar facilities, market stalls,  running for over 6 hours with a very relaxed atmosphere

  • Gold coin donation entry for kids under 14

How it began

The Compass Cup is one of those wacky Australian events that shows our warped sense of humour.

Back in 1973, the local Rural Youth were looking at ways of making money for the local community, and having fun at the same time. Someone came up with the idea that hopping aboard an untrained cow and riding it would be fun. The thousands of people that have watched the Compass Cup since would definitely agree.

In the early days there was no fenced off arena, it was the crowd that kept the cows "on-track" so to speak. After many escapes down the main Adelaide to Victor Harbor road and into the streets of Mount Compass, it was recommended that a fenced arena be erected to keep the cows in.



Site and Stalls


Stall sites are filling up quickly so to reserve your place or for any other inquiries regarding stalls please contact:

Stewart Glass

Registration form link


Proceeds from the Compass Cup go towards Mount Compass projects and community groups


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