Camp draws big field
THE sun was shining, the whips cracking and dust flying as McKittrick Park played host to the Hotel Motel 5 Stockman's Challenge at the weekend.
A total of 44 entrants competed in three classes, a number Big River Campdrafting Club secretary Karen McLennan hopes increases in years to come.
"It was a pretty good turnout but we'd always love more," McLennan said.
"We had 24 in the senior horse, 11 in the junior horse and nine in the youth field."
The senior horse competition comprised of three stages; dry work and working cowhorse on Saturday, with the draft held yesterday morning.
At the end of competition Alan Sinclair, riding Monkey, had done enough to claim overall victory with a winning score of 206.5.
He finished 3.5 points ahead of Gareth McLennan on Moscato, with Jodie Connor a further 0.25 behind on George.
The junior horse competition comprised only two stages with dry work and the draft the only events scored.
Gareth McLennan claimed victory on Ace with 146 points, beating Stephen Baker on Ruby by just one point. Julie Finlay was third on Backwards Nike, with a score of 120.
Junior competitors took part in all three events with the field restricted to those under 17 years of age.
First place went to James Moorhead, who rode Streetcar to a score of 206. Lachlan Ellis scored 192.5 on CJ to finish second with Cody Ensby on Coppertop placing third on 137.
McLennan said the event ran "very smoothly", and organisers were already looking forward to their next event.
"This weekend went really well and we couldn't have done it without the help of sponsors and cattle donors," McLennan said.
"We can't run an event like this without cattle so we owe them massive thanks.
"The next event we host isn't until about May next year so we've got a bit of time between now and then."