It’s luck and skill

An ex­cit­ing cam­p­draft com­pe­ti­tion

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Dairy Closure - . CASSANDRA GLOVER Cassandra.glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

AF­TER cam­p­draft­ing for more than 25 years, Kel­lie Bond doesn’t get ner­vous be­fore a com­pe­ti­tion.

Ru­ral Weekly caught up with Mrs Bond af­ter her run in the first round of the War­wick Ladies’ Sil­ver Cup Cam­p­draft, in which she scored an 88.

She also scored a 91 in the Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft.

“I won an Aus­tralian ti­tle in

2008 – I was Aus­tralian Cham­pion Lady Rider,” Mrs Bond said.

“I was run­ner-up here in the ladies last year, I’ve been run­ner-up on two oc­ca­sions.

“I’ve made a Gold Cup fi­nal and a Can­ning Downs fi­nal and got rib­bons in them but never won.”

Mrs Bond said with al­most

900 com­peti­tors in the Gold Cup, just mak­ing the fi­nal is a great ac­co­lade.

Mrs Bond and her hus­band, Cameron, own Ken­more Lodge thor­ough­bred stud in Wyreema.

She said she got more ner­vous about sell­ing her thor­ough­breds than com­pet­ing in cam­p­drafts.

“I don’t get too ner­vous,” she said.

“Cameron and I sell thor­ough­breds for a liv­ing so we’re used to pretty high-pres­sure sport.

“We sell most of our horses at Magic Mil­lions and I do get pretty ner­vous be­fore that.

“But this is a hobby to us. So I don’t get that ner­vous, I just try and en­joy it.”

Mrs Bond has been cam­p­draft­ing since she was

12 and her ex­pe­ri­ence has lead her to be a judge in the War­wick cam­p­draft com­pe­ti­tion.

“In the cut-out yard you se­lect a beast and hold it away from the mob of cat­tle and you get a score for that,” she said.

“Then out­side there’s a score for each peg and a horse work score. So it’s all ac­cu­mu­la­tive and the to­tal score is 100.

“I like a horse that re­ally vol­un­teers and en­joys it. Plus the speed and con­trol – to con­trol your beast tight around the pegs. And the smooth­ness of the run.”

Mrs Bond said she and her fam­ily had al­ways been in­volved with horses.

“I grew up on a cat­tle prop­erty and I’ve al­ways been around horses some­where,” she said.

“My brother, Cameron Web­ster, is ac­tu­ally lead­ing the Aus­tralian sad­dle bronc ti­tle. My hus­band is a for­mer Aus­tralian cham­pion bronc rider.”

Mrs Bond said cam­p­draft­ing in­volved a bit of luck.

“It’s a great equaliser, this sport,” she said.

“The best per­son can have no luck be­cause the beast plays such a big part.

“The good com­peti­tors make a lot of their own luck but you can’t help a bad cow. That’s just the long and short of it.”

Grafton com­peti­tor Heidi Gil­lett got an amaz­ing score of 93 in her run in the first round of the Ladies’ Sil­ver Cup.

“I’m very ex­cited,” Mrs Gil­lett said.

“On the same mare we had an 86 in the Gold Cup as well.

“I’ve never made a fi­nal here so I’m ex­cited.

“I’ve been cam­p­draft­ing for about seven years but I’ve been rid­ing all my life.”

Mrs Gil­lett got into cam­p­draft­ing through her hus­band, David, whom she met at the War­wick Rodeo and Cam­p­draft. PHO­TOS: CASSANDRA GLOVER

“My hus­band, David, got me into it – he’s won a War­wick Gold Cup,” Mrs Gil­lett said.

“When I met David I was bar­rel rac­ing.

“So ev­ery year we come up here. We love com­ing up to War­wick.”

Mrs Gil­lett said her hus­band wasn’t com­pet­ing this year.

“My hus­band still com­petes but un­for­tu­nately he’s not here at the mo­ment,” she said.

“He’s had a bad ac­ci­dent and frac­tured his an­kle.

“So he’s been watch­ing it on the live screens.”

Mrs Gil­lett said her sis­ter, Lou Lou Mer­ritt, was also com­pet­ing.

“She just had a run in the ladies, she’s only 18,” Mrs Gil­lett said.

“This is her sec­ond year com­pet­ing in the ladies.

“We’re a bit of a team, we all like to have a go.”

Mrs Gil­lett said she felt lucky to have got­ten the right beast for her run.

“I love my horses and you get out what you put in,” she said.

“You get lucky with the right beast. That’s half of it re­ally. It’s a bit of luck mixed with skill.”

Kim­ber­ley Sam­mon took out the Ladies’ Sil­ver Cup at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion.

❝ You get lucky with the right beast. That’s half of it re­ally.

— Heidi Gil­lett

TREMEN­DOUS TAL­ENT: Kel­lie Bond has been com­pet­ing in cam­p­drafts since she was 12 and has even been a judge at the War­wick Cam­p­draft.

Heidi Gil­lett got a score of 93 in the first round of the War­wick Ladies’ Sil­ver Cup Cam­p­draft.

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