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SPEEDINESS: Horse and rider combine in classic action from the Copmanhurst Campdraft. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
SPEEDINESS: Horse and rider combine in classic action from the Copmanhurst Campdraft. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

CLARENCE Valley horse and rider duos had the home soil advantage and it proved to be such, with a number of locals winning events in the Copmanhurst Campdraft.

The Copmanhurst Recreation Reserve was packed with competitors and spectators at the weekend for the New South Wales Championship Campdraft. Former local Len Frame, who now lives in Goolmangar, took out the open draft on 258 points, but it wasn't without a fight.

Riding Hank, Frame went into a run off with Dan Cheers on Acroman after tying on 175 points.

Cheers went on to get a yard score of 21, but Frame got an outside score of 83, placing him in first position.

Clarence Valley's Ben Thompson took out first and second place in the maiden's final, first on Rusty with 176 points.

He came second on Cowgirl, who is owned by local man Rupert McLennan, with 171 points.

In the first feature novice, Copmanhurst rider Ron Frame won with a score of 177 on Lyric.

Another local lad, Ben Robertson, won the encouragement draft on Bullock with 87 points.

The secretary of the campdraft said she was thrilled with how the draft went.

"We had good weather and we were pretty impressed with the crowd - there were a lot more spectators than last year," the secretary said.

There were in excess of 1000 runs after the finals and the secretary said the cattle ran well for the entire weekend.

"The cattle ran pretty well and we got a lot of scores in the final which is good," she said.

"Sometimes when they run tough you don't get a lot of outside scores, but we did which was great."

All cattle were from local donors and in the wake of a flood, the secretary said she was pleased farmers were able to restock before the event.

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