Family saddles up to share ride

WHEN it comes to campdrafts the Connor family are never far away from the action.

Nor for that matter is their horse Yothu Yindi who was working overtime during the Copmanhurst Campdraft on the weekend.

Both Peter and his daughter Tammy rode Yothu Yindi during the three-day event with Tammy picking up third place in the Ladies Draft on Saturday.

However for Peter, who is a member of the Big River Campdraft club, it was not one of his better performances.

"I haven't gone that well this week," Peter admitted. "But I do have a run-off for the highest cut-out for the weekend."

And according to Peter sharing a horse with his daughter during a campdraft is not unusual.

"Tammy and I always share a horse. Tammy rides him (Yothu Yindi) in the Ladies and Encouragement event and I ride him in the Open and Open for Opens," he said.

For Tammy, being involved in campdrafting is a real family affair and something she looks forward to each year.

"I started when I was four and it's very special going to campdraft with my dad and family," Tammy said. And her dad agrees: "It's great to do something with your daughter each weekend.

"We've had a lot of fun together over the last 10 or 12-years."

When asked who is the best rider Tammy was non-committal.

"I'm not sure, it all depends what weekend it is...I probably should say mum," Tammy laughed. With the Warwick Gold Cup only months away Peter will be flying the Connor flag as Tammy has more important things on her mind. "I'm off to the Warwick Gold Cup in a couple of months and I'll take Yothu Yindi and my other horse Grouse," Peter said.

"Tammy will be occupied with her HSC."



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