Riders line up to watch the action at the Gunalda Campdraft.
Riders line up to watch the action at the Gunalda Campdraft. David Crossley

Gunalda campdraft a success

THE Gunalda and District Campdraft Association's annual two-day campdraft enjoyed immense success last weekend.

It seemed the weather was rough everywhere but the Gunalda and District Sport and Recreation Grounds for the duration of the event.

Association president Tony Mawhinney said the campdraft went without a hitch and was everything the association had planned.

"It was a big success," he said. Mawhinney said the weather was good to them, which made a big difference to the events.

"We were very fortunate with the weather," he said.

"There was rain all around us but we only got about 6mm."

The event was at risk of being postponed if the rain kept up, as significantly wet grounds pose big threats to horses, riders and cattle in the events.

Mawhinney said not one horse went down for the weekend, which was unbelievably fortunate.

He said the ground conditions were a little heavy for the horses and cattle but safe.

Spectator numbers were high for the juvenile, junior and mini campdrafts on the Saturday, although numbers dropped off for the Sunday events due to wet weather around the event.

"Saturday was an excellent day," he said.

The mini campdraft, held for the first time this year for the youngest riders, was popular with spectators, parents and competitors alike.

The event saw the six and unders saddle up and show their stockmanship skills.

"The mini was a big hit, the kids had a ball," he said.

Mawhinney thanked all those involved with the day.

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