First timer's Warwick run
WINNING isn't everything in sport - just ask Rural Weekly deputy editor Andrea Davy.
The rider, who was born in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, grew up at Tully in North Queensland and now lives in Brisbane, competed in the biggest campdraft in the nation this week in Warwick.
"The nerves got to me a bit, it is tough competing at an event which includes the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting, the Warwick Gold Cup," she said.
"I didn't realise I would be so excited to compete against the best in Australia."
She scored 21 for cut out in the Vanderfield Hino Ladies Silver Cup on the stallion Lethal Playboy owned by Tony Laing.
"My family and Tony's family are long-time friends. The stallion was originally at Tully but has been at Rosewood for some time and has been ridden at Warwick in the past," Davy said.
"I feel really lucky to get the chance to ride him. He is a phenomenal horse."
The run at Warwick was the first for Lethal Playboy since he was part of the Rooftop Express Show at the Brisbane Exhibition. Laing said he was impressed with Davy's first run in a major campdraft in Warwick.
"She did well, I told her to be aggressive. It was the first competition for Lethal Playboy since he was one of the performing horses in the Rooftop Express Show," Laing said.
"Lethal Playboy has been a finalist in a cutting futurity and derby and I am keen for Andrea to ride him again next year," he said.
Davy was only in one campdraft event in Warwick this year but has already marked Warwick campdrafting on her calendar for October 2018."I definitely want to come back next year," she said.