Kim, Austin and Jim Daley at the Cunningham Campdraft on Saturday.
Kim, Austin and Jim Daley at the Cunningham Campdraft on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

Riding horses runs in the family

LESS than a month after his birth, Austin Daley was at the Warwick Rodeo in October last year watching his parents, Jim and Kim, compete.

Now at four months old, his eyes light up when he is near a horse.

The odds are Austin will be a third-generation campdrafter - his parents compete and his four grandparents have competed.

Last year, Kim rode some of her steady, trusty horses until she was seven months pregnant with Austin.

"The doctor said as long as I was comfortable, riding was good," Kim said.

It was three and a half weeks after Austin's birth that Kim returned to campdrafting at the Warwick Rodeo, where she was three points off securing a spot in the ladies' final.

Campdrafting is a sport which brought his parents from Western Australia to Queensland.

They now live at Goomburra and are two of the best campdrafters on the Darling Downs.

Kim is a previous winner of the Carmen Batterham Memorial Campdraft at Cunningham and Jim was the Frasers Livestock Transport Stallion Draft winner at the 2010 Warwick Rodeo with Weston's Yakka.

They love it in Queensland but just wish Western Australia was a bit closer.

This year they have a trip back home planned and will compete in four campdrafts.

They will truck two horses west in a convoy of 15 horses from the eastern states.

"We can also ride some horses owned by Kim's family," Jim said.

While the trip west is as much to catch up with family and friends as compete, the Daley hope to enjoy success.


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