CAMPDRAFTERS attempted to beat the heat for the MDU Football Netball Club’s annual event in Dumbalk on February 1 and 2.
In hot, dusty conditions riders posted excellent scores to make the finals after a number of heats.
The ‘Nail’s Cook’ Novice Draft was the first event and judge Neil Park of Buffalo had a tough time separating the riders as they worked on cattle donated by Cam Delbridge.
By 11.30am, 20 riders had achieved a score of 85 or better to go into the final.
In the final Ken Bolton and his horse ‘Bianca’ was forced into a run-off from Steve Ryder and ‘Ricochet’ to determine the winner.
Boulton kept his cool and won the run-off; Dean Cameron was third.
The Maiden Draft, with cattle donated by Wayne and Cathy Reid and Johnny Jans, was presided over by judge Erick Jostens.
Nearly 150 riders were whittled down to 11 for the finals; eventually the Maiden was taken out by Amanda Waller and her little horse ‘Slim’ with a two round score of 172.
Sarah Harry and her horse ‘Beaut’ were second.
In the Saturday Open Gordon Humphrey, took on the role of watching over the field of 72 riders with cattle donated by Gary Anthony, some which proved a bit tricky.
Thirteen riders were able to achieve a score of 85 or better to go in the final.
Young Ethan Park who is just out of the Juvenile ranks proved he deserved to ride his father’s horse by taking first place by two points from Richard Clarke who had made the trip all the way from Casterton.
Local Lachine Bowman was hot their heels coming in third on his little mare ‘Flare’.
The Sunday events were brought forward as a cool breeze came through.
Bonnie Hassock, who had stayed home from the family trip to Tamworth for the big Campdraft and Stock Horse sale there, found it worthwhile to take first and third in the Juvenile division with Chad Lawton taking second.
The Sunday Open was started on the big run of cattle from Ponderosa Herefords of Meeniyan.
Judge Darren Goff let 57 riders through the gate as the cattle became restless but only 12 riders scored 81 or better to make the finals.
The finals were delayed to the Sunday morning as the shadows grew long.
The Sunday Novice was the first event for the day with judge Gordon Humphrey rising early to get all riders off the mark by 6.30am.
The 154 riders were given a run for the money on the little Herefords from Gary Anthony’s farm; 20 riders were able to achieve a score of 70 or better.
Those finals were also postponed when the junior riders had their run on the nice little bucket reared calves’ of John Heppell and family; winners were Hanna Lamb, Jake Baylis and equal thirds to Natalie Jans and Meg O’Loughlan.
After the juniors Gordon Humphrey resumed his position to judge the 20 riders test Fresians donated by the Dyke family of Dollar.
All bar three of the competitors were able to get outside scores, but Michael Kelly and his horse ‘Splinter’ put 88 together with his previous total of 86 to take the blue ribbon off a very consistent Ken Bolton and ‘Alba’ on 170, and Wally Ingram third on ‘Amadous’.
After the long wait the 13 Sunday Open riders were able to take to the course also on the lovely Fresian cattle of the Dyke family, and once again a run-off was required to separate Ken Boulton on ‘Bianca’ and Lachie Bowman on ‘Tassie’.
Boulton put another handy run together to take the blue ribbon and the winner’s cheque yet again.
The scheduled campdraft at Powlett River Downs last weekend was postponed due to the heat and will be run on February 22 and 23. Entry is free to all spectators.