Community steps in to rescue draft
CAMPDRAFT: Monto Show’s all-day Sunday campdraft was bigger than ever but it almost never happened.
Due to the intense dry weather at the beginning of the year, many campdraft events throughout the region were cancelled, including the Monto Show.
The flooding in early April brought relief, but by then many cattle producers had already thrown in their lot.
But thanks to some generous cattle donations, organisers were able to get the show rolling for a new kind of event.
Campdraft organiser Paul Pownall said everyone was wondering how it would go.
“In the end it seemed fine – it kept things rolling all day.
“There’s people there who I think wouldn’t normally have come and the competitors enjoyed themselves,” Mr Pownall said.
“It added to the Sunday, which sometimes gets a bit quiet, so it was good to have something going all day.”
In previous years, the campdraft would be held Saturday morning, followed by horse jumping events.
This year, the horse jumping went all day Saturday while the draft ran on the Sunday.
Trevor Francis, who donated the first lot of cattle to get the campdraft going, said the town needed to keep the event running.
“Like a lot of these country things, if you don’t keep having them it all falls over,” Mr Francis said.
“They were all cancelled the previous weeks before rain and these cattle normally go to Mulgildie, so I donated just to try and keep it going.”
Mr Francis along with Bill Cook and Rob Bygraves donated roughly 300 cattle between them for the show, with Mr Bygraves supplying cattle for the junior event.
Though it was short notice getting such a big event organised, Mr Pownall said there was a lot of help from volunteers.
“If you set a good example and don’t complain, people come and help out,” Mr Pownall said.
❝ Like a lot of these country things, if you don’t keep having them it all falls over. — Trevor Francis
Bill Taylor riding back to camp.
Rebecca Storey drives a small herd into line.
Ashleigh Kerr sends a beast out the gate.
Campdraft riders on standby for the novice division.
Beasts being led out of the ring.
The next round of cattle ready to be loaded.
Jodi Morgan pursuing a particularly tricky beast.
BENEFACTOR: Trevor Francis’s donated cattle helped save the campdraft. PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE