Full house on cards
NOMINATIONS for the Cunningham Campdraft could fill up in less than two days committee member Damien McMahon said.
McMahon said the nominations for the event - held on January 21 and 22 - would open on January 5 and he didn't expect vacancies to last long.
"We would expect up to 750 nominations, which is our capacity," he said.
McMahon said the annual event would kick off the 2012 campdrafting season and was one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Cunningham Pony Club, Cunningham Polocrosse and the Wheatvale School.
He said the two-day event would include the usual novice, maiden, open, junior and juvenile drafts, along with barrel racing, flag, bending and the Cunningham Canter.
"We start at 5am on the Saturday and again at 5am on the Sunday," he said.
"There will be a sausage sizzle on the Friday night for competitors."
McMahon said one of the main drawcards would be the big bucks offered up to juveniles.
"Juveniles usually get about $200 for a win but we are giving them $2000," he said.
"We like to encourage the younger riders and that's thanks to Max and Heather and Liz and Allen Balfour who are the sponsors.
"It's one of the biggest prizes for a juvenile draft."
He said recent work on the Bony Mountain Recreation Ground - where the campdraft would be held - would make it an even better event this year.
"There has been a revamp by taking down the old timber yards and replacing them with steel," he said.
"This will make for better handling of the cattle - a safer and calmer environment."
McMahon said the committee had been working since November to source the 1200 cattle needed from 21 local suppliers.
Head to http://www.campdraft.com.au for more information.
Takes place January 21-22
Nominations open January 5
Room for 750 competitors
1200 cattle needed
First campdraft of the season
$2000 up for grabs in the juvenile event