A BALLET teacher from Gunnedah has a share of second place after the first round of the C.G. Welding Ladies Silver Cup Campdraft at the Warwick Rodeo yesterday.
Gemma Hopkins, 20, was 36th into camp and took the lead with a score of 89 on her 12-year-old gelding Jellybean.
She held the lead until Beaudesert rider Kimberley Sammon scored 90 on Kalvale DJ after being 83rd into camp.
Sammon won the Canning Downs Campdraft last year on Noble Miss.
Hopkins and her sister Megan are in Warwick with six horses.
"I was lucky enough to be just after a cattle change and then chose the right one (beast)," Hopkins said.
"Jellybean worked really well for me."
This is her fourth year at Warwick and her third as a ballet teacher at Gunnedah.
Campdraft is her only hobby/sport and she will contest the final on Friday afternoon.
Goomburra rider Kim Daley is the only Southern Downs competitor to make the final, scoring 84 on Westons Yakka, a horse her husband Jim rode to win the stallion draft in 2010.
Muttaburra rider Jaye Hall could be the dark horse in the final riding form horse Foot Acre.
In the past fortnight, Jaye's husband Ben was second in the Condamine Bell draft and first in the Chinchilla Grandfather Clock draft on Foot Acre.
Kimberley Sammon (Beaudesert) - horse Kalvale DJ Spin 90
Gemma Hopkins (Gunnedah) - Jellybean 89
Sarita Murdoch (Jericho) - Lilla Creek Destiny 89
Jaye Hall (Muttaburra) - Foot Acre 88
Toni O'Neill (Springsure) - Roma 87
Leah Chicken (Jondaryan) - Cassius 87
Chris Hall (Goondiwindi) - Hazelwood Conman 87
Scores 84 and above qualified for final
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