CAMPDRAFT ACTION: Amanda McArthur in action during the Mary Valley Campdraft at the weekend.
CAMPDRAFT ACTION: Amanda McArthur in action during the Mary Valley Campdraft at the weekend. Contributed

Campdraft break ends

THE Mary Valley Show Society is delighted its first campdraft in 20 years was a resounding success at the weekend.

“The Mary Valley Campdraft at Imbil returned to its former glory on September 25 and 26 with almost perfect weather conditions,” event spokesperson Lyndall Ensbey said.

Ensbey welcomed full nominations from Daybora, Gatton, Barcaldine, Mundubbera, Gin Gin and further afield.

Meanwhile, good quality cattle were generously donated by local graziers. Livestock carriers, Warrego Transport, Barry Grainger and David Young maintained efficiency in stock movement.

Appreciation was expressed to the judges presiding over competition, including Blackbutt’s Gary Ferriday, Mark Pfingst of Gympie and Monogorilby’s Rick Payne.

The draft got underway with the novice category, attracting 160 starters in the first round. The final saw Kandanga local Neville Ensbey riding Banjo win the Gympie Saddleworld Trophy and first place prize money. Lindsay Anderson won Gympie Feed Barn’s highest cut out on Bonnie.

The ladies draft drew record nominations with Kay Radke of Wondai, riding Hostage impressively taking out first place.

After a run off for the highest cut out, Donna Norton on Ballette won highest cut out.

Barcaldine teenager, Whitney Ann Gleeson on Chillin Oak, took out the honours of juvenile and the highest cut out trophy.

Darcy Lohse of Brooweena, riding Hill Park Captain proudly accepted a double victory of first place and highest cut out.

The maiden draft winner, campdrafting identity Mary Ann Atthow riding Amelia, was a proud and popular winner.

The Atthow family from Kilkivan continued success in the Open draft with son Ian on Omaha accepting the first place after a fiercely contested final third round.

Remarkably, the Atthows also shared equine family success with Omaha being the sire of the maiden winner, Amelia.

Neville Ensbey clearly won the highest cut out in the open draft. Peter Lamont of Bullyard, riding Knights Darcy, won the maiden highest cut out after a hotly contested run off.

Saturday night, Australian Institute of Country Music students showcased talented local youth, providing entertainment while a camp oven dinner was served by the Mary Valley Show Society.

An extremely successful draft ensures a confirmation of a 2011 date on the campdrafting calendar.