Wilby Women in campdrafting

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

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

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