THE first outing at Stanthorpe's new campdraft arena has been hailed a "huge success”.
Competitors from all over Queensland and Northern NSW congregated for the first show draft in the new-look arena.
In a good sign of things to come, local rider Paul Carige fended off strong competition to win overall.
Massie rider Ben Drain and Woodenbong's Lindsay Passfield filled the top three.
Stanthorpe Agricultural Show Society president Brett Boatfield couldn't be more pleased with how the day panned out.
"The comments on that ground were great. One lady who runs a lot of drafts said 'now we've run on this, what else is going to beat it?'.
"It was a fantastic campdraft.
"Everyone who rode on the ground said it was up there with the best, if not the best.
"Bigger and brighter things ahead for our new arena... not only for campdraft, but all other horse sports.
"I'm excited to have an asset of this nature. From this success, we'll have a draft every year.
"The Stanthorpe Show one day draft will be back.”
Stanthorpe Campdraft sub-committee chairman Mick Griffiths echoed Brett's comments.
He applauded all the hard work of the committee and volunteers.
"Over the past three months a few volunteers that have been in the campdraft committee have come together to complete the new facility,” he said.
"The weekend was our first trial and error and it seemed to work very well.
"No negative feedback so it looks like all systems go from here.
"It was an ideal opportunity to give it a run before our main draft in May.”
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