Muster up for the Lucindale Campdraft

THE annual Lucindale Campdraft was held at Yakka Park over Easter.

Graeme Baulch kicks up some dust on horse No More Fishin' at the Lucindale Campdraft.

Graeme Baulch kicks up some dust on horse No More Fishin' at the Lucindale Campdraft.

The extra time over Easter allowed the committee to run a Ladies event and a Local Encourage event as well as the usual full program for Maiden, Novice and Open, Junior and Juvenile drafts. 

Prize money and prizes to the value of about $13,000 were on offer over the weekend. 

Cattle was sourced from within a distance of about 50km from Lucindale and about 950-1000 head of cattle went through the yards. 

It was a great line of cattle that gave competitors plenty of opportunity to put together some good scores. 

The committee thanked the regular and first time cattle donors for their great contribution to the draft. 

Donors were Chris and Sally Klose, Rob and Eliza Handbury "Swinging Shovel", Andrew and Jill Copping "Cairnbank", David and Vickie Snodgrass "South Killanoola", AJ and PA McBride "Brooklyn Station" and Chris and Tammy Schinckel.

As usual, Thornhills Trans Australian Livestock did a great job of carting cattle in and out over the weekend and special thanks went to Damien, Wade and Grant.

The weather was ideal and, after each day's competition, competitors were able to socialise with each other.

They were well fed by Peter Day Catering who provided a first class array of food over the entire weekend with support from "Mug on the Run" and the "Munch Box".

At the conclusion of the drafting on Saturday another quite unrelated event took place.

A group of riders and committee people had gathered on the arena, and barwoman and committee person Jess Smith was summoned from the bar to join them. 

Imagine her surprise when she broke into the confines of the circle to find her partner Peter Roberts down on his knees and taking a diamond ring out of his pocket to propose to her. 

Jess regained her composure and fortunately accepted Pete's offer.

Everyone involved in the campdraft wishes them every happiness for the future. 

Competitors travelled from as far away as Wagga Wagga, Gippsland and Melrose.

Locals who did well over the weekend were Rachel Smith who came first in the Encourage, Rob Copping fourth in the Encourage, Nigel Smith first in the Saturday Maiden, Noel second in the Saturday Maiden, Graeme Kempe second in the Saturday Novice and fourth in the Sunday Maiden and Andy Kellock fifth in the Sunday Maiden. 

In the Sunday Encourage Wendy James-Ross came second and equal fourth were Rachel Smith and Craig Dodd.

The committee thanks all sponsors for their contributions to the draft. Without the generosity of the sponsors and cattle donors, the Lucindale Campdraft annual event would not be the renowned success that it is, showcasing the Limestone Coast.

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