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27/01 - Local competitors shine at the Braidwood Campdraft

27 Jan, 2010 10:22 AM

The Braidwood Campdraft Club held its first Campdraft since 2006 at the Braidwood Showgrounds on Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January 2010. It had been four years since a Campdraft could be held in Braidwood due to the ongoing drought conditions and the lack of water at the Show Grounds.

The events commenced at 4pm on Friday starting with the Jim Hindmarsh & Co. Encouragement draft where local competitor Rosheen O'Brien with her horse Rocky placed sixth in a field of forty two competitors.

The Coopers Custom Saddles Open for Open Draft followed with local competitor Ian Laurie's stallion Jag placing second and third on his mare Bee Bee. Also placing in this event was Alan Hannaford on his mare Moondance.

Saturday commenced at 6.30am with the Landmark Braidwood Maiden Draft. Local Competitors again filled the majority of places. Lani Hart on Captain coming second, Michelle Ridley on Elegance fourth and Ian Laurie's Destiny fifth. The Cortona Resources Ltd Novice Draft followed with Alan and Kathy Hannaford's mare Olena's Star ridden by Alan Hannaford winning the event out of a field of 120 horses.

The Kallenia Rivers Junior Draft was well supported with a number of local juniors trying Campdrafting for the first time. Elizabeth Krijnen on her horse Magpie placed third and Joel Clarke on Cash placed equal fifth, both performing extremely well for first timers.

The Rohin Latter Memorial Juvenile Draft with 26 competitors was next on the program with local competitor Olivia Laurie riding the family stallion Jag winning the event. Olivia also placed sixth on her mare Quest and sister Victoria Laurie placed fourth on Eternity.

The Gayle Laurie Memorial Ladies Draft with 57 competitors was again won by a local competitor Lani Hart on Captain and her sister Tara Hart placed sixth on Dodger. The final event for the day was the Harry Collett Memorial Open Draft which was won by Simon Dodwell from Illabo on his mare Image.

Overall the Braidwood Campdraft attracted over 450 entries with the majority of competitors coming from the Riverina and South Coast areas.

The Braidwood Campdraft Club would like to thank the following sponsors and cattle donors for the event.

Contributed by Melanie Cochrane

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