CAMPDRAFT: Lloyd Brown has joined Grafton campdrafting legend Laurie Stephenson as well as a host of fellow North Coast competitors as winners of the prized Warwick Gold Cup at the recent Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft.
The "Man from Mallanganee” combined with veteran stallion Mallanganee Sampson to record two scores of 90 in his opening two runs before holding his composure - despite losing his hat halfway through the run - to record a final run of 86 for a three-round unbeatable 266.
It was a long time coming for Brown who has competed in the "Melbourne Cup of Campdrafting” for three decades now including several finals and a second placing in the past.
"This is the pinnacle of my campdrafting career and I can tick it off the bucket list now,” Brown told Fairfax media.
With a combined 180 in the opening rounds Brown led the field into the final with his closest competitors Berry Shann, Karl Burton, Terry Hall and Bradley Buttsworth, all sitting on 176 points.
"I was four points ahead, but I left nothing to chance,” he said.
"The steers in this event, donated by Mac and Gayle Shann, Lamont Droughtmaster Stud, Clermont, and fed by the nearby Freestone Feedlot, were tremendous.”
Brown's steed Mallanganee Sampson is a fourth generation of the Mallanganee bloodline bred by Brown and his wife Mary.
The stallion has been a consistent worker for the Brown family clinching 26 Open draft wins in his time for the seasoned campdrafter.
"He is a resilient stallion who has produced many winners, including Roxby Park Kambala who was the supreme led Australian Stock Horse at the Melbourne Royal Show,” he said
"I have made a few Gold Cup finals before, and placed second previously, but this win takes it all.”
It was a tense moment in the final after second-placed Ben Hall from Muttaburra took the early lead on Eltorrio with a 260 before Tamworth rider Hugh Miles went a couple better to claim the lead with a 263 on Honey.
Brown was the seventh rider out of the gates in the final and was quick to pick out his steer.
The atmosphere among the crowd was electric and a booming cheer ripped its way across the arena as he steered his beast around the peg near Geraghty Bar as the crowd realised they were witnessing the Gold Cup-winning run.
But not to get caught up in the emotion for long ,Brown was already back at his Mallanganee property at work the next day.