Gareth riding high
BRAUNSTONE equestrian Gareth McLennan has added another national campdraft title to his collection after winning the Australian Indoor Juvenile Campdraft Title at Tamworth.
McLennan has won three outdoor arena Australian titles ? he was the ABCRA junior and juvenile national campdraft champion in 2000, 2002 and 2003 ? but the prestigious Australian indoor title had eluded him up until the weekend.
The top 15 riders in Australia were invited to contest the event which is held annually in conjunction with the ABCRA National Rodeo Finals at the Tamworth Indoor Arena during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The championship is decided over three rounds, and McLennan was the only competitor to score full points in every round.
Riding former world championship campdraft horse Yarranoo Starman, McLennan overcame difficult cattle and the tight course to run out a decisive winner.
The 17-year-old has been fortunate to have the help of former Daily Examiner sports stars and prominent campdrafters Laurie Stephenson, Maxine Brooks and Warwick Gold Cup winner, David Gillett. The trio have had a big influence on McLennan's riding.
His achievements have also been recently recognised with the award of the Plaintree 21 Gift.
This is a special award given by Plaintree Farms to celebrate 21 years of the famous Cloncurry Stockmen's Challenge, and a memorial to the late Reg Brown, northern horseman and cattleman. This award was given to 21 of Australia's top horsemen and women in recognition of their achievements and ambitions to continue to achieve in their chosen equestrian fields.
McLennan has now entered senior ranks and the day following his Tamworth feat, he took out the maiden campdraft, novice cut-out and open campdraft at Pinkett in northern NSW, all on the same day.