Big week­end for cam­p­draft

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Char­lotte Lam

THE Whit­sun­day cam­p­draft raced into the Proser­pine Show­grounds last Fri­day for an ac­tion-packed week­end of horse sports fun.

The sport of cam­p­draft has its ori­gins in the early days of the Aus­tralian stock­man and is be­lieved to have started in ru­ral Queens­land in the early part of the twentieth cen­tury.

The horse and rider score points for cut-out, horse work and course com­ple­tion from a pos­si­ble 100 points.

The of­fi­cial week­end kicked off Fri­day night with a Jack­pot Bar­rel race.

Drafters braced Satur­day’s heavy winds and the day started with the Shannon Broth­ers Memo­rial Open Draft fol­lowed by four other drafts.

Satur­day was high­lighted by the per­for­mance of Proser­pine lo­cal War­rick Watts who ended up plac­ing first in the Dow­dens Pump­ing and Wa­ter Treat­ment Ju­nior Draft.

In a mat­ter of min­utes, War­rick was able to ob­tain great tech­nique to block the at­tempt of the beast to fol­low his nat­u­ral in­stincts in re­turn­ing to his mob.

Satur­day evening was the more laid-back and less com­pet­i­tive part of the week­end.

Chil­dren were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a rooster and greasy pig catch that was fol­lowed by the im­mensely pop­u­lar Marco and Mirella DeBoni Fancy Dress Bare­back Cut-Out.

Horses were dressed from princesses to Bob Marley.

Com­peti­tors went all out with cos- tumes from Hugh Jack­man, witches, Elvis and Min­nie and Mickey Mouse.

Proser­pine’s War­ren Watts had the arena in fits of laugh­ter when he emerged dressed as a cow with his own blow-up horse.

The entertainment con­tin­ued with mu­sic by Ken Todd and a Cal­cutta auc­tion of the open cam­p­draft fi­nal­ists.

On Sun­day the cam­p­draft ac­tion con­tin­ued with the Steel Sup­plies Novice draft and the Mick Dahl Memo­rial ju­ve­nile cam­p­draft.

The af­ter­noon con­sisted of more drafts and fi­nals.

The week­end fin­ished with the Air­lie Beach Den­tal en­cour­age­ment camp draft.

WIN­NER: War­rick Watts placed first in the Dow­dens Pump­ing and Wa­ter Treat­ment Ju­nior Draft on Satur­day.

GREAT TECH­NIQUE: Proser­pine's War­ren Watts in the Shannon Bros Memo­rial Open Draft on Satur­day.

WARM UP: Dave Rixon from Blooms­bury pre­pares for his draft on Satur­day at Whit­sun­day Cam­p­draft at Proser­pine Show­grounds.

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