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Campdraft

Campdrafting is a unique Australian sport involving a horse and rider working cattle. The riding style is Australian stock, somewhat akin to American Western riding and the event is similar to the American stock horse events such as cutting, working cow horse, team penning, and ranch sorting.

Program

2017 Campdraft Schedule with Horse Health Declaration

Nominations open 9am EST 2nd October 2017.

To enter, visit https://www.campdraftcentral.com.au/

23-29th October 2017

The traditional Australian event of campdrafting kicks off the program, with the first round of the Canning Downs/Black Toyota Canning Downs Campdraft followed by the first rounds of – the Pryde’s Easifeed Warwick Gold Cup, Vanderfield Hino Ladies Silver Cup, and the Frasers Transport Stallion Draft.

Known by many as the “Melbourne Cup” of campdrafting, the Warwick Gold Cup attracts more riders and offers more prize money than any other campdraft in Australia. Worth over $55,000 plus a gold cup and a trophy saddle, it is, and has been for many years, regarded as the Australian Championship Campdraft.

The Canning Downs Campdraft also offers a significant prize worth $25,000 and its own trophy saddle as does Saturday’s $5,000 Stallion Campdraft.

In a campdrafting competition, a rider on horseback must “cut out” one beast from the mob of cattle in the yard or the “camp” and block and turn the beast at least two or three times to prove to the judge that they have the beast under control; then take it out of the yard and through a course around pegs involving right and left hand turns in a figure eight, before guiding it through two pegs known as “the gate”. The outside course must be completed in less than 40 seconds. Events for juniors 8 years and under 13 years have one sound beast in the camp or yard at all times. In other events it is recommended that there shall be a minimum of six head of sound stock in the camp at any time. Up to a total of 100 points are scored by horse and rider: “Cut out” is worth a total of 26 points; horse work up to a further 70 points; and 4 points for the course. Most disqualifications (signalled by a crack of the judge’s stockwhip) occur when a competitor loses his beast more than twice on the camp; losing control of the beast in the arena or running a beast onto the arena fence. A “tail turn” executed by a horse in the opposite direction of the beast’s line of travel also incurs disqualification at any stage of the draft. The sport requires consummate skill and horsemanship, and the skill in selecting a beast from the mob that will run well, but is not too fast for that particular horse. Great prestige is bestowed on the winning horse and rider of the competition.

Pryde’s EasiFeed Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft

$100, 000 Prize Money & Trophies  – Winner receives $22,000 prize money + The Warwick Gold Cup valued at $4760 + Tony Gifford Trophy Saddle valued at $7500
Nomination Fee: $400 per horse
Judge: Mr Berry Shann


Black Toyota Canning Downs Campdraft

$50, 000 Prize Money and Trophies – Winner receives $6500 prize money + Canning Downs Trophy valued at $1500 + Bernie Brady Trophy Saddle valued at $7500.
Campdrafting is a traditional Australian event, the late Mr C E Barnes wished to promote the use of the Australian Bushman’s dress and saddlery in this event.
Nomination Fee: $300 per horse
Judge: Mr Jock Weston


Vanderfield Hino Ladies Silver Cup Campdraft

$15,000 Prize Money and Trophies – Winner receives $3000 prize money + Ladies Silver Cup valued at $1175 + Australian Stockmans Saddlery Trophy Saddle valued at $4500.
Nomination Fee: $280 per horse
Judge: Vicki Hiscock


Ascot Angus & Charolais Champion of Champions

$25, 000 Prize Money and Trophy – Winner receives $7300 Prize Money (1st to 6th place receive prize money).
Nomination Fee: $500 per horse (Maximum of 100 horses – One horse per rider For OPEN horses ONLY which have won THREE open campdrafts). If insufficient entries received, event may be cancelled at the discretion of the Committee.
Judge: Mr Jock Weston


Frasers Livestock Transport Stallion Campdraft

$20, 000 Prize Money, Trophy & Rug – Winner receives $5000 prize money + Frank Heywood Trophy Saddle valued at $4000.
Nomination Fee: $280 per horse
Judge: Mr Jim Daly
This campdraft is open to Stallions of all breeds. Competitors in the Stallion Draft are requested to complete the breeding form provided.


Triple Crown of Campdrafting

$30,000 Prize Money (maximum)
The winner must win all three of the Condamine Bell Open Campdraft, Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Open Campdraft, and Pryde’s EasiFeed Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft with the same horse and rider combination. The highest aggregate rider of the three finals will be declared the winner of the Triple Crown.

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