True-blue tradition on show at camp draft
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.