AFTER winning rider or working stock horse classes at every royal show in Australia, Gilgandra rider David Wilson is in Warwick to compete against the best horse and rider combinations in Australian campdrafting.
He is in his first year as board chairman of the Australian Stock Horse Society and estimates 85 per cent of the horses in this week's campdrafting are registered Australian stock horses.
"We have more than 9000 members in the society and 180,000 registered horses, numbers are growing," Mr Wilson said.
"The Australian Stock Horse Society is the biggest in the sport."
Back home at Gilgandra in central New South Wales, Mr Wilson and his wife Sue run cattle and horses on 4000 acres and also have land at Mossvale in the Southern Highlands.
"We breed a lot of stock horses and train horses for other people," he said.
This week, Mr Wilson is competing on four horses and his wife one.
He has qualified for round 2 of the Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup with a score of 86 on stallion Glen-Lee Rivoli Mytech and Mrs Wilson has advanced in the competition with 87 on Glen-Lee Aria. He scored 82 on Ricky Ray to qualify for round 2 of the Supafloats Canning Downs Campdraft.
Tomorrow, he will compete on two horses in the Frasers Livestock Transport Stallion Draft, Mytech and Mosses Mercury, a stallion he bred but now rides on behalf of owners Blackwater Stock Horse Stud.
In the past, his bests are 8th in the Gold Cup, 4th and 7th in the Canning Downs.
"Warwick is one of the pinnacles of the sport, it is a challenge to come here and compete against the best competitors and horses," he said.
As with most campdrafters, it is a sport shared with many family members.
Daughter Paige, 14, competes in between high jump competitions in which she recently won the New South Wales title with 1.73m.
Niece Amy Wilson often joins them on campdrafting trips but has commitments this week with her pharmacy studies.
While Mr Wilson is in Warwick to compete, he said it had been a great chance to talk to some of the 9000 members of a society he leads.
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