Early birthday present for Juvenile Draft winner
CAMPDRAFT: Cody Ensby made the most of his last Juvenile Draft and picked up an early birthday present when he took out first place in the division at last weekend's Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association NSW championships.
It was a family affair in the Juvenile Draft, with Cody's younger brother Jeremy taking out equal third place.
Their father and Big River Campdraft Club president Ric Ensby said both boys were excited with their results.
"Cody was over the moon, I think deep down he really wanted to do well but never thought he might have ended up winning so it was very pleasing," he said.
"It was a very good pre-birthday present.
"Jeremy was also extremely excited with his result, and it was an added bonus to place with his brother. I think he was definitely proud of that."
In another exciting result for the Big River Campdraft Club, their own Peter Connor claimed the title of Champion of Champions, as well as the Hawkesbury River Saddlery Co Feature Maiden.
Ric said it was great to see Connor take out the two competitions.
"Pete puts a lot of time, heart and soul into the sport, so it's lovely to see him reach the results he did," he said.
"My boys and myself have known Pete for quite a lot of years, so it's nice to see Pete with this success. He is definitely a good role model."
Two brothers competing at the same sport might bring with it some sibling rivalry, but Ric said that wasn't the case with Cody and Jeremy.
"They're not competitive against each other in that regard, which is fairly unusual amongst siblings," he said.
"They're quite supportive and often share horses between them, and they quite like working together on their horses of an afternoon, so they work together like a team.
"Jeremy is two years younger, so he is trying to match Cody's standard he sets at two years above him. Being that little bit older might pull Jeremy along a bit, as an incentive to try and keep doing better, so it's more encouragement than rivalry."
Ric said he hopes to see both Cody and Jeremy take their campdrafting to the next level into the future.
"I'm sure Cody has set himself some goals, but he is a young man with few words so you never really know what he has got planned," he said.
"We have the Maclean Campdraft in three weeks and he will move up in the next division, and then there's Ulmarra in June.
ABCRA NSW CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Open Draft: Andrew Chapman on Digby
Open for Open Draft: Lachlan Maxwell on Speek Inator
Ladies Draft: Glenda Rogan, on Rebster Melody
Hawkesbury River Saddlery Co Feature Maiden: Peter Connor on Chit Chat
Juvenile Draft: Cody Ensby on CJ
Junior Draft: Shannon Millard on BJ
Encouragement Draft: Michelle Riley on Gypsy
Stallion Draft: Stephen Creighton on Scorcher
Maiden Draft: Sam Waters on McKillon
Novice: Stephen Creighton on Mingo
Champion of Champions: Peter Connor on Grouse