Horse power on show


DANIEL WILLIAMS was among 340 entrants at the North Coast National Campdraft on Saturday at the Lismore Showground.

Daniel, 18, of Bentley, said he loved the atmosphere of the campdraft and competed on Saturday in the maiden event.

"I went alright, I'm getting a young horse going at the moment," he said.

"I've only had her (Sarina) a couple of days. She's about 15 hands high and I've ridden her in one event today.

"I've been riding since I was 12 and I enjoy doing it.

"I live on a property at Bentley, and dad has always had horses."

The Ring Committee for the event ? Sue Constable, Sue Brand and Barbara Smith ? said the campdraft was postponed because of rain at this year's North Coast National show in October.

Daniel said he had been competing in campdrafts for the past four years.

"You need to be know how to read your cattle and work them," he said.

For those who don't know much about campdrafting, Daniel said it's all about separating one steer from the herd.

Then you need to use your riding ability and control of both the horse and steer to get the steer around the course.

"I think the most important thing is having control of your horse," he said. "Any cattle can be used in a campdraft."

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