Campdraft competition gets bigger
THERE may be prizemoney involved but it's the dust, friendships and smell of cow hide that hook people into the sport of campdrafting.
For the past three days, South Grafton has played host to the Big River Campdraft Club's NSW Championships - and it's been a big event.
Big River Campdraft Club secretary Karen McLennan said the event proved so popular that some would-be competitors had to be turned away.
"We had heaps of people on the waiting list that would really like to have come if we'd had more cattle and more daylight hours," she said.
The event, held at Hawthorne Park, involved about 1000 competition runs that spanned all ages and divisions.
"We had everyone from juniors, who are eight to 13 years, through to competitors who are older and much more experienced," Mrs McLennan said.
"We've had people here from the northern part of the state, through to south-east Queensland."
Our local riders can take a pat on the back, with many placing well in the drafts, including a few wins.
Some of the standout performers over the three-day event included Les Sutherland from Tullymorgan, who won the maiden draft, and Erin Morgan from Braunstone, who won the ladies draft.