Top competitor Keira doesn?t horse around
By Shan Goodwin
Most of 16-year-old Keira Calland's school friends don't know what campdrafting is.
But it's not the Year 10 girls at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore who Keira, now ranked in Australia's top 10 campdrafters, wants to impress.
Keira, of Newrybar, says the best thing about making a name for herself as one of the country's leading campdrafters is having the 'old fellas' in the game take notice.
"It makes me proud when they notice my riding and they sit with me at a campdraft and share some of their secrets," she said.
"I have a lot of respect for those old fellas, and hearing their stories about the droving days and their competition days is the best part of this sport."
With a swag of wins at regional campdrafting events in the past few months under her belt, Keira is now 10th in the Australian Campdrafting Association's open pointscore ?- that's against the Northern Territory's hotshot riders, both male and female.
She is leading the NSW juvenile points table.
At the weekend Keira finished second in the Mallanganee Maiden Campdraft, an open event against 160 men and women from throughout NSW and Queensland.
"The other thing I really love about campdrafting is that it's a real family thing. Everyone looks out for everyone else's kids," she said.
And how does she explain what she spends her weekends doing to her school mates?
"I just say it's a horsey thing where you chase cows," she laughs.