Kick­ing up the dust at ’Gully

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy@west­ern­starnews.com

MORE than 750 runs and 1050 head of cat­tle took to the ring for the an­nual Nindigully Cam­p­draft at the week­end. Pres­i­dent Du­gald McIntosh (pic­tured) said the event was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, with a high num­ber of nom­i­na­tions, stiff com­pe­ti­tion and lively cat­tle.

HUN­DREDS of rev­ellers and spec­ta­tors turned out for two ac­tion-packed days of cam­p­draft­ing at Nindigully at the week­end.

Nindigully Cam­p­draft pres­i­dent Du­gald McIntosh said the week­end was a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

“It all went re­ally well,” Mr McIntosh said.

“Nom­i­na­tions were up around the same mark where they nor­mally are, which was good to see.

“We had two full days of draft­ing, there were no ac­ci­dents, the grounds were in ex­cep­tional con­di­tion,” Mr McIntosh said.

“And the rodeo on Satur­day night was a great spec­ta­cle for the crowd and cam­p­draft crew.”

Mr McIntosh said 1050 cat­tle were do­nated by fa­ther and son Peter and Ben Hill for the 750 runs for the week­end.

“Big shout out to the spon­sors that helped make the week­end pos­si­ble,” Mr McIntosh said.

“With­out spon­sors it’s a tough grind.

“With the drought, we’re all going through tough times so we ap­pre­ci­ate them get­ting cat­tle to­gether to run a draft.

“And the way the com­peti­tors han­dled the cat­tle was great, too, that’s some­thing that’s al­ways re­ally good to see.”

Re­sults

■ Bill Carey won the Ed­die Al­beck Memo­rial Open Draft, rid­ing Ninja Cat with 176 points.

■ Mitchell South­ern won the ju­nior draft on Laddy with 86 points.

■ Peter Cook­son won the Rabobank Re­stricted Open Draft on Par­adise with 179 points.

■ Jack South­ern won the ju­ve­nile draft on Flamin’ Acres with 87 points.

■ Kevin South­ern won the WFI Novice Draft, rid­ing She’s A Blue Bad­ger with 175 points.

■ Shane Rollins won the Land­mark Maiden Draft on Pay Me If You Please with 175 points.

■ Co­ralie Daly won the Queens­land Cot­ton Ladies Draft on Tyson with 91 points.

PHOTO: DI PAIN

PHO­TOS: DI PAIN

IN THE SAD­DLE: Jodie Tur­vey com­petes in the Nindigully Cam­p­draft at the week­end.

Brian South­ern gets in close to his beast dur­ing the Nindigully Cam­p­draft.

Buddy Tat­tam has his eye on the prize at the week­end’s draft event.

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