READ THE BEAST: Eidsvold's Ben Wheller gives his all at the Proston campdraft.
READ THE BEAST: Eidsvold's Ben Wheller gives his all at the Proston campdraft. Alana McEwan-Brown

Riders prepare for another campdraft

CAMPDRAFT: The annual Eidsvold Golden Bell campdraft returns to the showgrounds this weekend.

With nominations far exceeding expectations, committee organisers are optimistic it will be a successful weekend.

Secretary Sue Symes said the committee had been hard at work in preparation for this weekend and was adamant it would be bigger than ever.

"As a rural industry and with Eidsvold being a production for the beef industry, it is great to have the annual campdraft,” Mrs Symes said.

"Campdraft is a stock man's sport as it started many years ago with ringers showing how to control a beast around an obstacle, and that is where campdrafting began.”

Mrs Symes said to be successful in a campdraft event, it was all about reading the beast.

"You have to have the knowledge and how to read an animal, so that is why it is so challenging,” she said.

"Today the sport has become very popular with a lot of our friends from their life in city, and the equine industry has changed their breeding more so, to what we call the weekender.

"As everyone is aware, the rural industry doesn't have the security that life in the urban centres have.”

Mrs Symes said hosting the campdraft was a bit of a uncertain due to the wet weather but reiterated it would go ahead.

"With the early rain about, our cattle donors were not sure if this day could be possible, but all has come together and we have very happy cattle around,” she said.

The event commences at 6am at the Eidsvold Showgrounds.


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