CAMPDRAFT: A FAMILY that campdrafts together, stays together.

At least that's according to Big River Campdraft Club's Pru Ensby, who will be cheering on her husband Ric and son Cody when they compete in the Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association National Campdraft finals.

Mrs Ensby, who campdrafts herself and has a younger son also involved in the sport, said it was a big achievement to make it to the finals, which will be held in Tamworth from January 22-23.

"They've had a good year, worked really hard and it's paid off," she said.

"There's a lot that can go against you, there were a lot of drafts that got cancelled with the drought, then you've got the cattle that comes into the yard, the horses you use.

"They've overcome all of those challenges."

Ric, who is also the club president, qualified in the encouragement rider division, while Cody has qualified in the juvenile rider category.

It's the first time that either has made it to the national finals, and Mrs Ensby isn't sure who is more excited.

"They both play their cards close to their chest, but probably Ric," she said.

"Cody is a bit of a cool customer."

Big River Campdraft Club will also be represented by two more competitors, vice-president John Elder in the encouragement division and Gareth McLennan in most successful rider and open horse.

The finals represent the top 25 competitors who have accumulated the most points from events throughout the year.

With some competitors attend more tournaments a year to chase points to qualify, Mrs Ensby said it was hard to be in that top 25.

"You have to be consistent through the year to get the points and qualify," she said.

Despite the fierce competition, the camaraderie among the campdrafting community is strong. "It's a great thing to see," Mrs Ensby said.



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