Marni Hamilton shows delicate skill to direct her steer around the pegs at the campdraft on Saturday morning.
THE brand new sand arena at Dumbalk made up for the unafraid cattle at the MDU Football Netball Club Campdraft over the weekend.
Riders came from as far as Jindabyne, New South Wales to compete at the Tarwin Valley Camdraft’s ground and conditions were perfect.
On Saturday morning 150 riders were put to the challenge with judge Kelvin Park.
Fifteen riders were able to achieve a score of 82 or better to go in to the final.
The eventual winner, Clint Rand took first place on ‘Larry’ by one point, from Lincoln Adams and Glen Dickson who were equal second.
The ‘Nail’s Cook’ Novice Draft was next, judged by local Lachie Bowman.
There were just under 220 competitors in this event, and only 14 riders could get a score of 83 or better.
The cattle donated by Gary Anthony proved difficult for many, making the final a thrilling show of skill, speed, wit and determination.
Glen Dickson, who made the trek from Jindabyne, was able to salute the judge on his horse ‘Candlebark’ from Dale Perdon on ‘Waspy’.
The Saturday Open event was judged by Jenny Neave who took 12 riders from the 80 odd competitors into the final.
Lachie Bowman, riding ‘Tassie’, took first place from Darren Goff on ‘Jane’.
The competition continued on Sunday morning bright and early with judge Karen Penny starting off the rides by 7am.
Bart Dowling from Mirboo and his horse ‘Sadie’ were most impressive with a score of 172 in the Sunday morning run.
Nick Taylor, who had made the trip from the Western Districts, with ‘Reyn Bo’, came a very creditable second, followed closely by Kelvin Park on ‘Doubly Smart’.
The Under 17 riders were up next with 15 taking to the arena under the watchful eye of Robert Bell.
An ever improving Georgia Goff on ‘Lara’ took the blue ribbon from young Hanna Lamb on ‘C-That’; Kealee Hamilton on ‘Lucille’ was third.
The Under 13 competition involved a big group of youngsters who were keen to test out their skills.
Charlie Goff and Angus O’Loughlin were very impressive, having to go in to a run off to decide a winner.
Charlie Goff proved he was not overawed by the task and took the win from Angus O’Loughlin riding his uncle’s horse ‘Oakie’.
The Open was the last draft for the weekend, with another 80 or so riders showing judge Allan Mitchell how to do it.
Only 10 riders were able to score 83 or better to go in the final.
Ken Boulton from Stratford was able to hold Nick Taylor off on his horse ‘Alibi’ to take the blue ribbon with a score of 176.
Local Bart Dowling was able to win some prize money with fifth in this event.
The Tarwin Valley Campdraft committee thanked the club on presenting the grounds in excellent condition thanks to recent grants and years of fundraising to convert the arena to sand.
The committee also thanked the tireless stockmen in the yards and donors of cattle.
Attention will now turn to the Yanakie Campdraft on February 14 and 15, the Powlett River Downs Campdraft near Wonthaggo in February 21 and 22, the Fish Creek draft (at Yanakie) on February 28 to March 1, and the three-day Tarwin Valley Campdraft (at Dumbalk) on March 8, 9 and 10.