Keeping control of a beast
CAMPDRAFT: There is a lot more to Campdrafting than simply chasing cattle on horseback.
There is a fine art to the sport which requires attention to detail, according to Australian Stock Horse Society Whitsunday branch member Davina Linneweber.
"It is about the combination of horse and rider and having the ability to select the right beast after looking at its temperament and nature and how it will respond to the horse when it runs in the arena," she said.
This was the challenge faced by the 540 competitors at the Proserpine Show Grounds last weekend from August 11-13.
Linneweber said while numbers were down from previous years due to the event being re-scheduled from the previous weekend, the overall outcome was fantastic.
"The outstanding thing was the skills of up and coming skill of junior drafts and the accomplishments of local riders," she said.
"We could afford to go at a steady pace and not be run off our feet like we are when we do have a larger number of competitors."
Linneweber said Campdrafts normally attracted a field of close to 800 competitors, but that lower numbers did not detract from the value of the weekend.
The Open Campdraft competition saw a total of $2000 prize money go out to competitors with just a single point separating riders in first and second place.
Greg Neaton (177) took first place and won $500 with Paul Allgood (176) narrowly behind in second winning $420; Allgood also won fifth riding Molly and taking home an extra $180.
Third was claimed by Stacey Haucke and Alan Heading both on 174 points and taking home $330.
Andrew Angel (172) was next on the ladder winning $240.
Among the novice drafters John Cross (174, 170) took first and fourth, Sarah Lindley (173) was second, Paul Rowe third (171), Alan Heading (169) fifth, Greg Sibson (168) sixth, Greg Smith (166) seventh and Jackie Dunn (164) eighth.
The Australian Stock Horse Society competition featured a number of strong horse-riders with Alan Heading claiming first and third, John Cross coming second, Brett Hall winning fourth, Greg Neaton coming fifth and Mal Burston on sixth.
The Junior Campdraft saw Logan Pott (85) narrowly win against Michael Allgood (84) and Rachel Allgood (79).
Warrick Watts (85) won the Juvenile Draft with Jayme Fare and Beer Sexton trailing on 75 points.
Encouragement Draft honours went out to Jennifer Cox (88), Jess Russel (85) and Tim Wyburg (83).
Leslie Sexton (89) won the Ladies Draft, ahead of Ashleigh Fairbrother (86) and Donna Watts (85).
The Maiden Draft results saw Wayne Berry on (290), Andrew Angel (253) and Greg Neaton (173).
After five Campdrafts held in Weetalaba, Home Hill, Bowen River, Mt Coolon and the Whitsundays, Lucille Angel claimed the Best of five series winner.
The accolade was decided based on the who achieved the three best scores taken from the five Campdrafts.
Whitsunday Stock Horse Association Society secretary Hannah Trimble noted a significant weather improvement over the weekend and said horse riders had achieved strong scores.