GOOD TO GO: Widgee’s Jacqui Martin prepares for this year’s ladies’ campdraft competition, to be held May 1.
GOOD TO GO: Widgee’s Jacqui Martin prepares for this year’s ladies’ campdraft competition, to be held May 1. Kaya M Photography

The Widee Campdraft is back in this May

AFTER being cancelled last year due to drought, the Widgee Campdraft is up and running again between May 1-3 with a new format and Widgee rider Jacqui Martin could not be happier.

The event starts Friday, May 1 with a feature ladies' campdraft under lights.

Competitors will vie for prizes including a lady's watch donated by Angus & Coote of Gympie, gift certificates supplied by Goomeri Emporium and prize money donated by Saddleworld Gympie.

Ms Martin is just one of the many ladies who have nominated for this exciting event.

"Campdrafting for me began as a spectator in Mount Isa in the late 1980s where my interest and love of the sport drew me to become a competitor," she said.

"I moved to Widgee in 1994, where, with the support of family, I was able to compete in a few local, ladies' campdrafts.

"Being a mother, competitor, and supporting wife, you are faced with a number of different challenges that come with the sport and this is where the ladies' drafts help sustain and encourage female riders."

Ms Martin said families were a big part of campdrafts.

"Ladies' drafts will often times have softer cattle and it enables husbands to care for children while the womenfolk have a go," she said.

"Also, being a family sport, the ladies' draft allows horses to be shared between family members.

"By hosting a featured ladies' draft this year, Widgee welcomes more families to the event."

A full program of campdrafting will be held at the weekend.

Spectators are welcome and experience the excitement of these events.

Entry is free.

Street parking is available.

A variety of hot and cold meals will be available from the Bushman's Kitchen and drinks from the licensed Bushman's Bar.

For any further information please contact Joan Falconer on 5484 0403.

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