Joe Payne tries to cut out the right-coloured cattle.
Joe Payne tries to cut out the right-coloured cattle. Anastassia Perets

Trio cuts out Eidsvold campdraft victory

JOE Payne's campdraft skills translated to the team penning arena of the Eidsvold Charity Cattle Drive grand finale.

Teamed with Breanna Cook and Peter Scholl, this triple threat won the competition.

The rules involve three riders working as a team to get cattle tagged with the same colour away from a mob and into a pen.

"This is the first time I've done it, it is pretty difficult," Payne said.

The 21-year-old Mundubbera rider works at a cattle property which also helped prepare him for the day.

His team went in with a tactic.

"One person goes into the mob and cuts out the cattle with the colour you want," he said.

"The second person is there to back up the first person.

"The third person works to keep the mob from crossing the line."

In Payne's three goes in the arena, his team penned two cattle the first time, and all three the final two times.

"You just wait for the cattle to come to the edge and then you cut them out," he said.

"Communication with the team throughout was important.

"Winning at the end was pretty unexpected."

Payne is now preparing for his next campdrafting competition to be held in Proston.

While not everyone won at the team penning, some triumphed in a different way.

Bob Thompson, 85, won the jackpot which pretty much means he got to cash in.

He said he believed he could have been the oldest competitor at the event.

"I just joined in for fun, as I work on a cattle place," he said.

"A lot of it, in terms of what cattle you get, is the luck of the draw."

When asked if he would compete forever, Thompson said there was a deadline.

"Probably not past 90," he said.


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