Kane Drayton and his mare Silky Oak are hoping to pick up where they left off last season.
Kane Drayton and his mare Silky Oak are hoping to pick up where they left off last season. JoJo Newby

Rider keen to impress in Dorrigo

THE purchase of a “pretty switched-on horse” proved the catalyst to Kane Drayton’s riding career.

This weekend, at the start of the new campdraft season, Drayton takes his super mare, Silky Oak, to Dorrigo, where the pair hopes to pick up where they left off.

His ride aboard Silky Oak at the season-ending ABCRA National Championships at Tamworth earlier this year netted an aggregate title.

Now, Drayton’s message is simple: bring on this season.

“I started about five years ago in Singleton,” the Southgate resident said.

“I bought a pretty switched-on horse.

“And how we went at the nationals left me pretty confident of another good season.”

At Tamworth, Drayton was in a field of 25 of the country’s best Encouragement riders.

The division is for those riders who have yet to win an open event.

Walking out with his fellow competitors in front of a full house of about 5000 at the event opening was a memory that stuck with Drayton.

“It was a pretty big adrenalin rush,” he said.

“I was nervous walking out there but it was great.”

And so, he is off to Dorrigo this weekend.

Drayton, 19, is one of a growing number of local riders competing in campdrafting events on New South Wales’ North Coast.

“I’m going to travel a bit more this year and go to a few more events,” he said.

“You can’t really make a living out of it.

“But I’m just really enjoying the riding.”



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