Len addicted to the thrill of campdrafting

Len Frame said campdrafting something that gets in your blood.
Len Frame said campdrafting something that gets in your blood. Katie Cameron

SEVENTY-TWO years old and Len Frame is an addict - a campdraft addict that is.

The Lismore man said he was not going to give up campdrafting anytime soon, and has been coming to the Warwick Rodeo events for the past 30 years.

"I'm going to keep doing it until my body says I can't," he said.

"I still get a thrill with it, and that is what keeps you going - it is a challenge to see if you can do it or not.

"There is a big adrenaline rush - once you lose that I think it is a sign to give it away."

He said there was nothing that compares to the excitement of a campdrafting competition.

"I reckon it is a disease that gets you hooked," he joked.

"It is something in the blood, that's for sure."

Mr Frame has been competing in campdrafting since the early 80s.

"I've always been interested in it, but never got the chance to do it earlier because of work and family commitments," he said.

"I lived in town for a while and then bought a property out in the country when the kids were older."

He said a lot has changed at the Warwick Rodeo since he first come out to try his skills.

"The numbers are bigger today compared to back then," he said.

"When we first started there was only 300 to 400 people competing in the Canning Downs and Gold Cup - now there are over 700.

"The whole campdrafting scene has changed, there are a lot more weekend riders.

"It's a great sport, it is something that a husband, wife and kids can compete in.

"You meet so many good people and friends."

Mr Frame is no novice, having won the Gold Cup twice in 1993 and 1999, placed in the Stallion Draft in 2004 and Canning Downs in 2009.

He was also the state open draft champion for the Australian Bushman's Campdrafting and Rodeo Association.

Growing up on a dairy farm, Mr Frame said he enjoyed living on the country working with cattle.

"I moved to town and got an off-farm job when I married," he said.

"I always wished I stayed living on the land, but in hindsight I had the best of both worlds - a permanent income and could still enjoy the country if I wanted to."

Mr Frame said campdrafting doesn't come without its fair share of danger.

"You've got to be on the ball," he said.

"I have had a few falls and injuries - I've broken both my legs at different times as well as my collarbone and ribs.

"You just heal up and go again.

"There's a bit of saying around here - you don't have to be mad, but it helps."

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