SIGN UP: Stanthorpe's state of the art campdraft facilities will see plenty of action come February 3.
SIGN UP: Stanthorpe's state of the art campdraft facilities will see plenty of action come February 3. Contributed

Annual show draft returns with a tweak

THE annual Stanthorpe Show Campdraft will take centre stage on Sunday, February 3, with some of the region's top competitors expected at the event.

The show's usual two days will have wrapped up but there will still be plenty of action at the showgrounds with the show draft, as well as Ute show, stock horses and sheepdog trials.

Organiser Paula Boatfield said the show draft, sponsored by Keith Thorne Building, would be capped at 200 riders.

"It's just a one day draft, therefore we only offer one competition which is a novice standard draft which means it'll be open to maiden and novice horses,” Mrs Boatfield said.

And participants will only have a 24 hour window to get their names in.

"What we're doing is something a little different,” she said.

"We'll be using a campdraft co-ordination group called Campdraft Central and that's a group that co-ordinates entries on behalf of the secretary and campdraft committee.

"They'll open on January 19 online for 24 hours. It means you've got to be on the ball.

"Once that is done I then go in and see who has entered and take it from there,” she said.

Mrs Boatfield said the benefit was you could lodge your nomination, pay your entry fees and collect your prize money, should you be so lucky, all in the one place.

"We can only cap at 200 riders based on the number of cattle we can get,” she said. "So we're encouraging people to get nominations in and be on top of it.

"We're still getting together our cattle donors at the moment.”

Mrs Boatfield said they expected an even stronger competition than before.

"People who couldn't make it last year are pretty keen to ride this year.

"But, we're still looking for some sponsors,” she said.

The event's first prize has been provided by Kent Saddlery. The new stockman's bar will operate a breakfast and lunch and the bar will run from noon.

"It'll all make for a very enjoyable day.”

Entry is free for spectators. For more contact Paula on 0428195202 or email stanthorpecamp draft@ gmail.com.

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