Wilby Women in campdrafting
It was with great excitement that the 10th Women In Campdrafting [WIC] event was held where it all began in 2008 at the Wilby Campdraft Grounds.
Tracey Bevan from the McGrath Foundation visited to acknowledge the wonderful work the committee has done in raising $103,000 to date for the McGrath Foundation.
The concept of this weekend was the brain child of two dynamic women Shannon Brown and Sally Dickinson who campdrafted and realised that they needed a confidence boost and set about ‘enabling women to have a weekend, free of the everyday busy lives they lead with an emphasis on themselves and their horses’ and any money that was raised would support breast cancer. Kerry Patford is the Wangaratta McGrath Breastcare Nurse and provided an informative session on Breast Care.
There was an enormous amount of interest this year with 300 ladies wishing to support this event with 90 women successful in obtaining a spot to enjoy the weekend which comprised of nine sessions each day encompassing ‘All that is campdrafing’.
The WIC committee was fortunate this year to have an incredible line up of Champion campdrafting riders from Queensland, Western Districts and locally who offered to instruct into the finer art of campdrafting which included horse education, cattle selection and rules.
The WIC committee was fortunate to receive a $5000 Minor Grant from the Moira Shire to assist with catering on the Saturday night and this followed an auction of donated goods.
Southern Cross Saddlery donated a third saddle which was raffled and raised a total of $8400 after the original winner put the saddle up for auction to raise more funds for the McGrath Foundation.
There must be a special mention to Jim and Kath Devlin who have donated their time and provided first aid for this event since inception to support this wonderful weekend.
Beautiful dairy cattle were provided by Cobram couple Gerard Wilson and Chevy Gunston.
The Wilby Campdraft Committee worked tirelessly to ensure this event ran smoothly and would like to thank all persons who have donated their time or items to assist in the success of this amazing event.
The 10th Women in Campdrafting was held in Wilby recently which was a wild success. Photos: Lauren Keenan