SHOW OF SKILLS: John Elder separates one from the herd at the Campdrafting State Championships.
SHOW OF SKILLS: John Elder separates one from the herd at the Campdrafting State Championships. Caitlan Charles

Top lady rider follows campdraft tradition

SUZANNA Argue has been coming to Grafton for campdrafting since she competed as a kid in the junior draft.

"My dad drafted, and we would come up here as kids and junior draft," Mrs Argue said.

She and her husband have continued drafting with their own children.

"The Big River draft is just a really social weekend to catch up with all of your friends," she said.

"You have a lot of people come from north and west and over the border."

Each year, the Argue family head out to about 12 campdrafting events and Mrs Argue says the variety of events is one of the reasons the fast-paced sport is so interesting.

"I think every weekend is different.

"Every weekend you strike different cattle, could be the number you are in the draft that will depend how you go," she said.

"There are so many things that come into the final result," she added.

At the campdrafting presentation night on Friday, Mrs Argue won the lady rider award for the Northern Zone.

"I'm getting older and there are more younger riders with enthusiasm.

"It's nice to win against the young riders," she said.

Preparing for campdrafting competitions can take many hours of work and effort, so Mrs Argue spends a lot of time working with the family's horses.

"A couple of days a week I ride some horses and get them going for the next event we're going to," she said.

The Big River Campdraft Club event put on nearly 800 runs over the weekend.



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