CLOSE BOND: Erin Oppermann said the relationship with her horse is what helps her out in the campdraft arena.
CLOSE BOND: Erin Oppermann said the relationship with her horse is what helps her out in the campdraft arena.

Campdrafting legacy says connection is key

ERIN Oppermann said the hardest challenge of learning to campdraft was getting on her horse without assistance or a stump.

No mention of learning to read animals or overcoming fear.

That's because the 11-year-old has been around cattle and horses since she can remember.

And it comes as no surprise when you learn she is a part of both the Oppermann and Wallace family, surnames well known in the local campdraft circuit.

At the weekend she competed in the Clive Wallace Arena, named after her grandfather, at the Mount Perry Show.

"I went pretty good, I got it out the camp and around the first peg,” Erin said.

"The most challenging thing today was trying to bend the beast around the peg.”

Erin scored 66.

She said the key to performing well in the arena is the relationship with your horse.

"You have to bond with them,” she said.

"It's almost like communicating with another person.”

Erin's older brother Liam came away with third place in the juvenile campdraft riding his horse Jillaroo.

Show society secretary Judy Fenn said she was pleased to see such a positive response from young competitors in the horse events.

"They were up in numbers this year,” she said.

"It was great to watch it all a bit closer, as we had the ring divided for the campdraft.”

RESULTS

Novice

1st: Peter Lamont on Destiny Marrakish, 2nd: Molly Blyton on Sweet Reward,

3rd: Scott Hayes on Tandora, 4th: Allan Samuels on Mister, 5th: Scott Hayes on Chella.

Junior Cattle Working Contest

1st: Pearl Jenkins on Pure Silk, 2nd: Maddison Wesche on Shandy, 3rd: Josh Lamont on Holly, 4th: Brad Lamont on Curly.

Juvenile Campdraft

1st: Rachel McGregor on Casino, 2nd: Clayton Hayes on Gena, 3rd: Liam Oppermann on Jillaroo, 4th: William Lawlor on Patina.


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