Radkes ready to rumble at campdraft
FIONA Radke is a third generation campdrafter.
And now, with husband Craig and their three daughters, there is a fourth generation too.
"We love the sport and we love our horses,” Mrs Radke said.
"It's something we do together as a family on weekends with our friends.”
Next weekend, the Radkes will be out in force as the Mundubbera Golden Stirrup Campdraft returns for the third consecutive year after a long hiatus.
Hundreds of participants have registered their interest for the event, including from as far away as North Queensland.
Many campdrafts this year have been forced to cancel due to the drought, so interest in the Golden Stirrup has reached fever pitch.
A member of the committee said Mundubbera was lucky to have some "great donors who are willing to loan quality cattle under tough times, along with very supportive sponsors”.
They said the campdraft was an "awesome event where the whole family can compete.”
Two highly anticipated events will be the Boyne River Pecans mutton busting for the under-11s followed by the bullock ride, both on Saturday in the rodeo arena, starting from around 5pm.
Nominations for these events will be required that day between 2-3pm at the secretary's office.
The winner of the bullock ride will have the honour of riding the Brian King Memorial feature bull.
"It's a hugely prestigious event,” the member said.
Brian King, of BK Bucking Bulls, passed away in an accident at Woodford Showgrounds last year.
Saturday will kick off at 6am with the Mundubbera Tradies' Anthony Jones Memorial Maiden Campdraft and finish in the evening with a home-cooked meal and dessert, followed by raffles, bar and music until late.
On Sunday morning the campdraft action will begin again at 6am with the Novice Draft.
Last year, more than 400 meals were served on the Saturday night and people were "six or seven deep” around the rodeo arena watching the action.
"It's free admission all weekend and spectators are welcome. Saturday is a fun family afternoon and evening of entertainment,” the member said.
"We hope the townsfolk come and enjoy themselves again.”