True-blue tra­di­tion on show at camp draft

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A gen­uine Aussie bush tra­di­tion of horse­man­ship and skilled rid­ers was dis­played at the Cal­liope Camp Draft com­pe­ti­tion last week­end.

Camp draft rid­ers de­scended on the two-day event from as far as Gin Gin, Marl­bor­ough, Theodore and Bar­al­aba.

The week­end event proved suc­cess­ful with 250 com­peti­tors do­ing more than 750 runs.

Cal­liope Camp Draft As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Craig McLach­lan was happy with the pop­u­lar week­end gath­er­ing.

“We had rid­ers of all ages from se­niors, ju­niors, ju­ve­niles and even minis – who are tots able to get on a horse and ride,” he said.

McLach­lan said camp draft­ing in­volved horse and rider work­ing in uni­son to ne­go­ti­ate a beast out of a mob of eight cat­tle.

“The rider guides the beast around marked pegs in a figure eight and through a gate which is two pegs,” he said.

“Camp draft is one of the only true Aus­tralian sports and is one of the fastest-grow­ing ones.”

McLahland said pro­ceeds from the event went to Cen­tral Queens­land cri­sis shel­ter and youth ser­vices provider Rose­berry House.

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