Geoff still sits tall in saddle
FORMER Kyogle resident Geoff Schrader showed experience counts when he made the Open division final of the Kyogle Campdraft 31 years after winning his first Kyogle event.
Mr Schrader, one of a record number of riders competing last weekend, was born in Kyogle in 1947, attending school at Cougal, Loadstone, The Risk and Casino.
He became a station hand at Morney, jackerooing and riding in campdraft competitions
whenever he could.
Never tiring of the life, Mr Schrader worked in the Sandringham cattle country, bordering the treacherous Simpson Desert, for 30 years, revelling in the rough and exciting cattle station life.
He is the only rider who has ever won the
Warwick Gold Cup and the Canning Downs Campdraft on the same horse, Bernie, and on the same weekend, proof of his riding ability.
Mr Schrader now lives on his own property at Jandowae, north of Dalby, where he trained his Birdsville Cup winner, Lord Kildare.
Married to Shirley, they have three children – a boy and two girls – all of whom ride successfully in campdrafts.
Mr Schrader, 62, progressed to the Open final, but failed to put his beast through the gate in the 40 seconds allowed to do so.
Tim Carlill won the KB O’Reilly Novice Campdraft 2010 award, a magnificent standing clock.
The skill and teamwork of horse and rider in this exacting sport provided a great spectacle for the large crowd.