Ballerinas steal the show at campdraft
THERE were a few teething issues, including an electrical fault in a light tower which caused the untimely cancellation halfway through the rodeo on Saturday, but Biggenden Charity Campdraft has had a successful first outing at Teebar Sports Grounds.
President Scott Marshall said there were "terrific competitors” throughout the weekend, a turnaround from last year when the committee struggled to fill nominations.
Marshall's highlight was the fancy dress competition for Saturday afternoon's Bareback Cutout, which was judged by visiting One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson, while Amy Lohse judged the cutout.
"It was a real hit,” Marshall said.
"It really drew the crowds.”
The fancy dress theme was the letter 'B', as cockies dressed as ballerinas, brides and Batman all joined in the action in the ring.
"There were some of the ugliest ballerinas I've ever seen,” Marshall said.
"The horses didn't seem to like the ballerinas, there were a few unintentional dismounts.”
He said Senator Hanson was "terrific” throughout the day, getting into the fun of judging and also helping out at the charity auction.
Marshall said, while there were hurdles to overcome for the committee, he was proud of how they got through them.
Whether or not the campdraft will return to Teebar next year will depend on how much money was raised for their three charities, in light of the fact Teebar has much higher overheads for the committee than Biggenden Showgrounds.
In the Postcode Draft, Kurt Dingle on Balley came out on top, followed by Teagan Bechley on Design, Brydie Hughes on Acres Limited Edition, and Teagan Bechley again on Playboys Spins Mistic.
The Highest Cutout, meanwhile, went to Carl Aberdein on Reggie.
Aside from her judging duties, Amy Lohse was also among the silverware, as she claimed the Maiden Draft on Overtime.
"I like to say, 'Overtime comes good every time', and he did,” Lohse said.
She said drafting could be a game of luck, and she was lucky to get a good beast.
"It can be anyone's day, it depends on what beast you get,” she said.
Lohse said she was impressed by the quality of the Sports Grounds and said she believed the ground was a bit firmer, meaning the draft was safer for competing horses.