Rural Skills

February 01st, 2018
Rural Skills
Campdrafting is a fast-paced, family friendly sport unique to country Australia.

The sport involves a rider, a horse and cattle.

The main objective is to select one cow from the cattle in a camp, turn it two or three times then run it through a course of pegs before guiding it through a gate.

The steps performed outside the camp must be completed within 40 seconds and there is a maximum of 100 points awarded to the rider for time, horse-work and skills while completing the course.

Thomas Foods International Campdraft Club will be raising funds for the Flying Doctor Service at Strathalbyn over the two days.

“We’re aiming to raise $3,000-$4,000 for the Flying Doctor Service and without Thomas Foods and Ausrain we couldn’t do this event at all,” president of Thomas Foods International Campdraft Club Tas McEwin said.

Tas and committee member Wayne Matten decided to bring back the Strathalbyn campdraft competition but this time as a smaller event.

“Usually a campdraft has 600 to 700 runs over two days but we’ll have 300 runs, 340 head of cattle and a total count of 67 competitors,” Tas said.

Skillful riders will be rewarded with prizes going from sixth to first place.

“First place will not only get prize money but they’ll also get items that have been donated,” Tas said.

Both Tas and Wayne are passionate about the sport and have grown up with horses.

“I’m 60 now and left school when I was 13 to work with horses,” Wayne said.

The event is family friendly with riders as young as eight eligible to enter into the junior event.

“Anybody can get involved but you need to be a capable horse-rider,” Tas said.

Spectators will be treated with two days full of skillful horsemanship, a family-friendly environment and fast-paced runs.

“It’s rural and you get to meet great people at a fun event,” Wayne said.

The campdraft event will be held at Strathalbyn’s Riding Patch on Saturday, February 10 from 1pm and Sunday, January 11 from 7am. This event is now closed to entries and program times may be subject to change if heat restrictions apply.

For general inquiries contact Tas McEwin on 0419 814 657.

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