Stel­lar ride wins memo­rial ti­tle

Countryman - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Gin­gin horse­man Brett Ed­wards se­cured the in­au­gu­ral Heath Stew­art Memo­rial Open ti­tle with a stel­lar per­for­mance at the Gin­gin Cul­lalla Feed­lot Campdraft last week­end. The gong hon­ours a fallen cam­p­drafter, Heath Stew­art, who died in May in a road­side ac­ci­dent.

The tougher the cat­tle, the sweeter the vic­tory was how Ger­ald­ton cam­p­drafter Doug Brown de­scribed his Gin­gin Cul­lalla Feed­lot Campdraft re­stricted open win at the week­end.

Rel­a­tively new to the sport, af­ter com­pet­ing many years in polocrosse, Brown said it was his fit eight-year-old Quar­ter Horse mare, DC Quiz, that was “crack­ing” through the two-run cam­paign dur­ing the campdraft, which started last Fri­day and ended on Sun­day.

“She qual­i­fied for this year’s re­stricted by win­ning her first open last year,” he said.

“My mare, which I bred and trained, was on her game to­day, against some very tough cat­tle.”

So tough these Kim­ber­ley cat­tle were that of the 30 en­tries in this event, named Dust to Di­a­monds, only eight en­tries qual­i­fied for the fi­nale run to de­ter­mine the out­right win­ner.

Shar­ing in the plac­ings, Gin­gin cam­p­drafter Bob Neu­man, rid­ing his stallion Dakota Fullo CDEES, was run­ner-up.

Cul­lalla prin­ci­pal Michael Stan­ton said he bought the Bos in­di­cus cross cat­tle from Mt House sta­tion to run in his feed­lot for the live ex­port trade.

“As spon­sors of the campdraft, we sup­ply the cat­tle which will even­tu­ally be pre­pared into a mar­ketable prod­uct for In­done­sia, a win-win,” he said. “The live ex­port in­dus­try feeds into many chan­nels in­clud­ing the great sport of cam­p­draft­ing, which so many cat­tle peo­ple en­joy.”

Lo­cal com­peti­tor Brett Ed­wards took out the in­au­gu­ral Heath Stew­art Memo­rial Open win, which was named in hon­our of the well-re­spected cam­p­drafter who trag­i­cally was killed in May in a road­side ac­ci­dent.

“The Gin­gin com­mit­tee wanted to re­spect the mem­ory of Heath as a beloved man so blessed with a tal­ent for the love and un­der­stand­ing of horses,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Ger­ald­ton cam­p­drafter Doug Brown, aboard DC Quiz, in ac­tion at the Gin­gin draft.

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