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Rathdowney Campdraft to draw big crowds this weekend

ROUND THEM UP: Nicholas Ward, pictured here competiting at the 2016 Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft, will be at this year's event.
ROUND THEM UP: Nicholas Ward, pictured here competiting at the 2016 Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft, will be at this year's event. Facebook

NICHOLAS Ward has been participating in the sport of campdrafting since he was eight-years-old.

While it is a difficult sport to grasp, he had some of the best teachers in the business to help him learn - his grandfather, father and uncle were also competitors.

Passing on their own skills has helped Mr Ward forge his own career in the sport. He has now been competing for 22 years.

"I enjoy the sport, riding the horses and chasing the cattle, and making really good friends," Mr Ward said.

You will be able to see him and plenty of other competitors in action at the upcoming Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft, which will be held over three big days from April 6-8.

If you haven't been to a campdraft before, be prepared to be amazed by all the competitors who make herding cattle look easy. Once inside the small arena, the rider, who is on horseback, chooses one beast from a small mob of cattle. The rider aims to show the judges how well their horse can manoeuvre the animal around a course. The course consists of pegs, and at the beginning, the judge will declare whether it's a left hand or right hand course. If a right hand course is set it means the rider must complete a circle around the peg on the right hand side first.

While Mr Ward is out having fun on his horse, he is hoping the community will turn out in full force to watch and cheer on the riders.

"It's always a big event for the town. It helps the local businesses and people," he said.

"It's also really fun to watch, so come on out and have a look."

A canteen and bar will also be operating over the three days.

It is free for spectators to head along and watch. Head on down to the Rathdowney and District Memorial Ground from April 6-8.

Search Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft on Facebook for more information.

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