Hats on, tops off for shoot

NewsMail - Wide Bay Rural Weekly - - News - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au .

NOR­MALLY they are dressed in their finest jeans, boots and belts at cam­p­drafts – but for this event, they chose to wear... noth­ing.

Af­ter win­ning the chance to or­gan­ise the an­nual Women in Cam­p­draft­ing week­end, ladies from the Lucin­dale Cam­p­draft Club in Vic­to­ria were brain­storm­ing fundrais­ing ideas.

“The Western Dis­trict Cam­p­draft club had raised $14,000 the pre­vi­ous year,” sub-com­mit­tee mem­ber Raquel Tyler said.

“So we thought ‘there is the bar, what can we do to raise that?’”

Fel­low com­mit­tee mem­ber, and tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher and bush poet, Ni­cole Turner soon spoke up sug­gest­ing a nude cal­en­dar might spark some in­ter­est.

Although ap­pre­hen­sive about pos­ing in the buff, Raquel said Ni­cole made all the ladies feel com­fort­able dur­ing the shoot.

“In the end it ac­tu­ally felt quite em­pow­er­ing,”em­pow­er­ing ” sheh said.

The taste­ful cal­en­dar, which fea­tures strate­gi­cally placed hats, sad­dles and horses to cover the ladies’ pri­vate parts, is al­ready a hit with fel­low cam­p­drafters.

“It was re­ally well ac­cepted, so we have 500 copies to sell and all pro­ceeds will go to the McGrath Foun­da­tion,” Raquel said.

“We think this will re­ally add to our to­tal fundrais­ing tally.”

Women in Cam­p­draft­ing was de­vel­oped in 2008 by a cou­ple of ru­ral Vic­to­rian women, af­ter the can­cel­la­tion of cam­p­drafts across the coun­try due to equine in­fluenza.

“They re­alised how im­por­tant cam­p­draft was to them as a so­cial out­let and for build­ing strong sup­port net­works,” she said.

“The first Women in Cam­p­draft­ing week­end was an un­mounted clinic and it was more about get­ting the ladies to­gether.”

This year the Lucin­dale ladies have or­gan­ised some of the coun­try’s top horse peo­ple to of­fer clin­ics to 60 par­tic­i­pants.

“Cam­p­draft­ing is a male-dom­i­nated sport and this is just giv­ing women an op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills.”

A breast care nurse will be also be a guest speaker, ed­u­cat­ing par­tic­i­pants about breast checks. To sup­port the cause, or to buy a cal­en­dar, call Me­lanie Austen 0418 895 661 or search Women In Cam­p­draft­ing on Face­book.

PHO­TOS: NI­COLA TURNER

IN THE RAW: Tanya Traeger, Kristina Martin, Karen Han­cock and Me­lanie Austen stripped off to make a char­ity cal­en­dar.

Jodie Mid­dle­ton-Clarke, He­len Treloar and Raquel Tyler bared all for the Women In Cam­p­draft­ing cal­en­dar.

He­len Treloar, Raquel Tyler, Anna Eddy, Jodie Mid­dle­tonClark and Me­lanie Austen.

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