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Campdrafters put up tough competition in a thrilling event

DIRT ACTION: Barry Miller won the Maiden Campdraft at the recent Twin Hills event.
DIRT ACTION: Barry Miller won the Maiden Campdraft at the recent Twin Hills event. Contributed

CAMPDRAFTERS across central Queensland and north to Townsville competed at the Twin Hills quartpot campdrafts held in conjunction with the Twin Hills race meetings, rodeo and gymkhana.

Twin Hills rodeo and show society secretary Wendy Durkin said events ran smoothly and one point often separated competitorsouts. 770 first round starters line up.

Clermont veterinarian Dr Alan Guilfoyle was honoured for his 35 years of sponsorship of the successful juvenile campdrafter award.

Dr Guilfoyle presented award spurs to Nebo's Clayton Comiskey who won the Juvenile campdraft on Conway on the top score of 88.

Judges were impressed with the horse work in the camp and a supreme cut out was held with participants the cut out winners from every draft.

Hugh Philp on Binna Ideal won with a rare 24.5 points out of a possible 26.

This was surpassed in the Coalfields Services Bareback cut out when Will Durkin, on Kylie Graham's Moore Mellow got a 25 for cut out and continued in the arena to almost complete the campdraft course.

There were 229 starters in the NAB Agribusiness Emerald Open which was won by Harvey Walters, of Townsville, on Dual n Spin with a score of 177.

Lloyd Stranks, Cirette was only a point away in 2nd and equal 3,4 and 5th were Morgan Marks, Mintie, Scott Schoo Night's Gunman and Aaron Stranks, Countess on 175. Cut out, Hugh Philp, Binnia Ideal 23.

Walters also placed 5th on Duel n Spin in the Bayer Animal Health restricted open campdraft, won by Tim Walker on Swamp Donkey, 179 with Cheyenne O'Brien, Astra and John Rea on Gina Kane's The Joker sharing 2nd and 3rd money on equal scores of 172.

There were 77 starters in the event and highest cut out went to Morgan Marks, Repeater 24.

Mingela campdrafter Barry Miller won the John Scharf Memorial Maiden campdraft on Doc's Insight, 177, from Dan Tonks, Bob 174 and Zac O'Brien, Avalon and Scott Schoo, Mistake Creek Jazanova, equal on 172. Miller also won the cut out with a 23 on Doc's Insight.

Scot Schoo, Capella, Amelia, 89 won the Heli Engineering Futurity draft, 2nd William Durkin, Quebec 88, 3rd Bill Fordyce Just Judy 86, 4th Grant Neilson, Hazlewood Conrade, 85. Cut out Mat Durkin, Devoted Acres 23.

Campdrafting popularity was reflected in the 81 nominations for the Brinin & Hedges Encouragement draft taken out by Capella drafter, Rod Ferguson, on Just Plain Trumby, 88. Equal scores of 87 by Kylie Graham, Perfect Destiny & Kerry O'Sullivan, Ladylike meant they shared 2nd 3rd money and Sophie Anderson on Colin Anderson's Sibson was a point away 4th.

Topics:  campdraft equestrian gymkhana horse events rodeo


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