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."