RIDING FOR A WIN: Steve Comiskey on his way to winning the restricted open draft at the 2019 Eidsvold Golden Bell Campdraft.
RIDING FOR A WIN: Steve Comiskey on his way to winning the restricted open draft at the 2019 Eidsvold Golden Bell Campdraft. Sandie Read Photography

Comiskey rides tall in Eidsvold

Campdrafting: Spectators and drafters were treated to a performance by one of the sport's big names at the weekend's Eidsvold Golden Bell Campdraft.

Steve Comiskey, who has been ranked inside the Australian Campdraft Association top-10 for more than a decade, took out top prize for the Cheesman Applegarth & Partners restricted open draft.

The Comiskey name is legendary in the world of campdrafting.

Steve's brother Peter "PJ” Comiskey has taken out the ACAs champion open rider title more than 20 times since he first won it in 1991, and father Peter before them was well-known in the sport.

Comiskey won his Maiden rider title in 2000 and has since taken out a slew of titles across the Darling Downs and Central Highlands.

In Eidsvold, he was riding a nine-year-old mare named What's Her Destiny who he said was "very athletic and loves chasing cows”.

"We're starting to click together,” Comiskey said, for although they have only been riding for a few months together, they have already won the restricted open draft at Inglewood and now at Eidsvold too.

Comiskey is building up momentum for the National Finals which will be held in Greenvale next week.

"It's a bit nerve- wracking,” he said.

"I've been in the top 10 for a few years now but never top-ranked.”

Campdraft secretary Sue Symes said the committee was lucky to have a drafter of Comiskey's calibre competing at Eidsvold.

Comiskey has previously competed in Monto.

In other results, Peter Knudsen won the Top X Eidsvold novice draft on Kilbettan Kimberly.

Lexi Fitzgerald won the JBS open draft on Kanya Catolena.

Dan Lithgow won the Monto Veterinary Services maiden draft on Twice Rapt.

Katie Davy won the junior draft on Witcheries Little Lena, while Lane Lamb won the juvenile draft on Concept.


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