The Western Star - - RURALWEEKL­Y -

Hawthorn pre­mier­ship de­fender Josh Gib­son has set­tled into life post-foot­ball and be­gun a new ca­reer in cam­p­draft­ing.

Gib­son, 34, de­vel­oped a pas­sion for the Aus­tralian eques­trian sport af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to the con­cept in 2016 and has of­fi­cially swapped his footy boots for horse rid­ing boots af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment from the AFL last year.

Once he was in­vited to watch a cam­p­draft com­pe­ti­tion he never looked back, learn­ing the ropes and us­ing it to chan­nel his com­pet­i­tive en­ergy.

“I rode a lot as a kid and I stopped rid­ing be­cause of footy,” Gib­son told the Her­ald Sun.

“Af­ter watch­ing that com­pe­ti­tion I was like ‘I want to give this a go’ and the next year I did. I was hooked. Every­one is re­ally en­cour­ag­ing.”

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