Records tumble at double-header event
RECORD runs and entry numbers had organisers of this year's annual Stanthorpe Campdraft elated by its success.
Up to 250 riders, 400 horses and more than 800 runs were accommodated in a three-day program last Friday to Sunday.
"On Friday and Saturday the weather just played havoc, with cattle, horses and sand blowing everywhere. It's a credit to the riders and credit to everyone involved that they stuck it out,” campdraft sub-committee secretary Paula Boatfield said.
"The people that weren't locals know that Stanthorpe has a reputation as a cold place so they knew what they were in for. We certainly lived up to that reputation.”
By Sunday, the sun was out and winds had died down, ensuring a special morning for the Mother's Day Mums Run.
"It was really well supported. We had 30-odd riders for the Mums Run. It's competitive, it doesn't attract points but they still want to win it,” Boatfield said.
"Every so often you'd be watching and hear the kiddies yelling out 'go mum!'. That was quite funny.”
The new arena has become a real drawcard, helping to elevate numbers on previous outings.
"Our arena was the star attraction of the show. We only hope we now go on to bigger and better things.
"We ended up holding over 800 runs, including finals. That's bigger than what we've ever done before.”
The program kicked off on Friday with an unrestricted draft before leading into the Bull Ride Spectacular later that night.
The first time the campdraft and rodeo have been held together, it's been hailed a winner.
Between 800 and 900 people were perched on spectator hill to watch some thrilling action.
"When you see a rider on a bull and he looks like he's going to make the eight seconds, everyone cheers for him to go the distance. So it's not all about the falling off. It was really good to see the crowd get behind them,” Boatfield said.
Cattle donors and new and returning sponsors played a big role in securing a stellar weekend, Mrs Boatfield said.
"We're hoping all our riders went home with smiles and a fine impression of Stanthorpe. Now we look forward to what's next.”
To see the full run-down of results visit the Stanthorpe Campdraft sub-committee's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stanthorpecampdraft/