Ben Thompson on his way to winning the Open Draft final at the Copmanhurst campdraft
Ben Thompson on his way to winning the Open Draft final at the Copmanhurst campdraft

Ben's triple treat at campdraft

FOR Ben Thompson, the Copmanhurst Campdraft will be one he will remember for a long time.

The Open final was called off yesterday after a heavy downpour on Saturday night meant the cattle were unable to be delivered in time for the showcase event.

As a result the highest point scorers from the Open Draft were required to take part in a run-off to determine a winner.

The problem was Thomson, who hails from Jackadgery, received the three highest scores in the earlier rounds on Saturday.

In a unique situation, the 22-year-old had to compete against himself on three different horses.

"It was definitely a first for me, competing in a final against myself," Thompson admitted.

"I had to compete on three different horses in a run-off.

"I got the three highest scores of 89 in the first round and because they didn't have the cattle to run the final I had no option."

Before the Open run-off the ground announcer said; "Ben is in an arm wrestle with himself on three different horses".

After the confusion, Thompson put his three best horses to the test, riding 'Socket' to victory with a score of 80 points.

"It didn't really worry me which horse won," Thompson said.

"I didn't have a favourite horse and all in all it was a good day."

Thompson has rarely been off the back of a horse since he was introduced to campdrafting at a young age and now has his sights set on the Holy Grail of campdrafts, the Warwick Gold Cup.

"I started riding in campdrafts when I was about eight and love the lifestyle," he said.

"I've been competing up in Queensland and won a few events so I've been having a lucky run.

"I'll be heading off to the Warwick Gold Cup and Condamine and hopefully I'll continue my form."



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