Com­mu­nity steps in to res­cue draft

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie

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

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