Today we got to watch a sport we’d never heard of 6 months ago. I have no idea of the rules or classes of Campdrafting but it was so exciting to see these skilled riders and horses working the cattle. They’re so fast! I just wish the weather was better so we could have stayed longer.
I came home and searched the internet for some explanation – Campdrafting is a unique Australian sport involving a horse and rider working cattle. A rider 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.
It’s been a busy weekend down at the racecourse with trucks, horse floats and caravans driving past our house. When we drove down this morning I was surprised at how many people were attending and competing.
There will be another Campdraft held in a neighbouring town next weekend and another in two weeks. I’m hoping the weather improves for those ones so we can stay a bit longer and take more photos.
It’s a complete different world to what we were used to back on the Central Coast and I’m loving that we are seeing so many new and different things here. The girls were really interested in watching the cattle being loaded on and off the big trucks and watching the competitors. Lucy even found herself an old horseshoe in the mud that she’s brought home to clean up as a souvenir.