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Ride 'em cowboy

Necia Creighton of South Grafton tackles a bison at Hawthorn Park.
Necia Creighton of South Grafton tackles a bison at Hawthorn Park. Debrah Novak

PARTICIPANTS at the Big River Campdraft Club could have been forgiven for thinking they were in the Wild West on the weekend.

A herd of American bison were brought up from Dungog and substituted for the standard cows.

The bison were brought into the country by Dungog resident Kendal McLennan who had always admired their effectiveness in training and cutting horses.

"The bison were actually excellent for drafting," said camp organiser Karen McLennan.

"They're easier to train than cows and they're a little more intuitive. They even adjust their speed to that of the horse."

Despite ag-bikes, Karen says more people are involved in campdrafting than ever before.

"More and more people are taking up the sport as a family activity and quite a few still use it on their farms," she said.

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