A huge effort for a huge Campdraft as Showgrounds pack out | Photos

The Orange Campdraft pulled over 370 competitors and 680 horses to town last weekend for the biggest Campdraft ever hosted at the Orange Showgrounds.

Campdraft basically involves riders isolating a cow from a herd, and then herding it around posts and through a gate. 

The showgrounds also hosted 250 people for dinner on Saturday night. Over 1300 cattle also packed in for three huge days of competition. 

Orange Campdraft president Peter Garlick joked it was “stupid” how big the event was, and they had to turn nearly 100 competitors away, such was the event’s popularity.

“We had 13 hour days all three days, starting at 5.30am on Saturday and Sunday with maybe 13 or 14 people,” he said. 

“There was some brilliant drafting, some of the top riders in NSW came out.”

He said the Campdraft committee owed “special thanks” to Lara Garlick, Julie Sharp and Lisa McDonald, as well as Lara’s friend Sarah who “flew down from the Sunshine Coast.”

“We also need to thank cattle donors… without them it we would have been chasing each other around,” he said.   

The winners of the eight different events are as listed. 

  • Encouragement: Grace Hadley
  • Ladies: Leah Whitehead
  • Junior: Daniel Kable
  • Juvenile: Emily Thomas
  • Maiden: David Thorn
  • Open: Lyn Kelly
  • Novice: Ben Mooney
  • Open 4 Open: Tim Hollis