ALL roads will lead to Grafton for the Ray Donovan Stock & Station Agents Annual Campdraft and Horse Sale set down for next weekend March 23-24.
The sale has been running now for 16 years, only skipping a year when the equine influenza restricted all movement of horses. The sale started out as the Grafton Prestigious Horse Sale in March 1997.
In 2010 we changed to the Grafton Select Horse Sale with emphasis on Australian Stock Horse and Quarter Horse bloodlines suitable for the Australian sport of campdrafting. To add interest to the sale we included two competitive campdrafts.
An early start Saturday morning will see entrants compete for the $10,000 prize money in the open draft. This will be followed by the Grafton Select Campdraft, which is for horses purchased from previous sales and offers a total prize pool of $16,000.
The campdraft will be judged by Tom Williamson of Pinkett, Glen Innes. Tom is highly regarded across Australia for his horsemanship and horse breeding.
On completion of the drafts, which we expect to be around noon, we will conduct the working dog demonstration and auction. This sale draws cattlemen and women from all over the North Coast and Hunter regions to see the dogs work and they are prepared to pay top price for the right dog.
The pre-sale working demonstration of the 90 sale horses will then begin with each horse having time to work cattle and show its paces.
The sale will commence Sunday at 9am with 32 mares and 59 geldings on offer. Successful purchasers have the additional incentive of gaining automatic eligibility to compete in the $16,000 Grafton Select Campdraft in 2104.
Throughout the weekend Grafton Pony Club and Big River Campdraft Club will provide full catering with a canteen and bar with all profits distributed between the two clubs.
Come along and have an enjoyable weekend at Hawthorne Equestrian Park in South Grafton, which boasts one of the best equine facilities and grounds in the region.
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