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Family fun just a short trip away

Friday, 15th April, 2016

Located less than 80 kilometres from Broken Hill, this weekend’s Topar Campdraft is easily accessible with events for the entire family to enjoy. Eight stations have donated an impressive 680 cattle to be used over the weekend, with 500 campdrafting participants set to give the course their best shot. The event is the closest of its kind to Broken Hill. Pictured above is Carolyn O’Connor as she won the 2015 Lady Drafter prize on Cougar. Located less than 80 kilometres from Broken Hill, this weekend’s Topar Campdraft is easily accessible with events for the entire family to enjoy. Eight stations have donated an impressive 680 cattle to be used over the weekend, with 500 campdrafting participants set to give the course their best shot. The event is the closest of its kind to Broken Hill. Pictured above is Carolyn O’Connor as she won the 2015 Lady Drafter prize on Cougar.

The Topar Campdraft is on this weekend and it’s only a short trip for great time for the whole family.

Committee member Sara Carey said there was bit of a difference between a campdraft and a gymkhana.

“A gymkhana has novelty events where a campdraft actually conducts drafting,” MS Carey said.

“Campdrafting involves a rider who picks a cow out of a pen, called a camp, then they have to cut it out of the mob and run it around a course, all while being on a horse.

“Over 150 years ago, it was the only way people could draft cattle. A lot of skill is involved.

“The riders will be judged and timed by Mick Ward, who is world-renowned.”

The event start at 7am tomorrow morning, with 500 campdrafting participants, and continues on Sunday.

“It’s a really big thing and I encourage the people of Broken Hill to come out and have a look,” Ms Carey said.

“It’s only 77kms out of the town. It’s the closest event like this to the city.”

Eight stations have donated 680 cattle for the event.

“We will also have novelties which you can nominate on the day to take part,” Ms Carey said.

“On Saturday night we will have a band, full bar facilities, a roast dinner and full camping facilities.

“That night there will be Whipcracking, the Bushman’s Challenge and the Hammer the Nail games for all to take part in.

“They are always fun and give a good laugh.”

There will be an auction as well as $1,300 in prizemoney. 

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the help from our sponsors,” Ms Carey said. “They are the backbone of the event.”

Ms Carey hopes everyone will get behind it.

“Everyone has ties to the bush and it is fantastic to watch this true skill of horsemanship. It is fascinating to watch.

“We are looking forward to the event. The weather will be kind. Come out and enjoy yourselves.”

For more information or to organise a camp site call Sara Carey on 0400 238 669.

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