Best of the best in ring
IT IS the social side and not just the sport which has brought Dusty Saunders to Warwick for a week of campdrafting for 40 years.
The sheep and cattle producer from the west of New South Wales has only missed four or five rodeos since he started an October trek east.
At one time, he was also a pick-up man for the rodeo.
"While I would like to win, I come for the social side and I don't even drink," he said.
"It is the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting in Warwick."
He will ride two horses this week and has won the Acton Super Beef Draft at Rockhampton on his best, Kruger.
Mr Saunders arrived at the grounds on Friday afternoon in time to do some business in Warwick and obtain a nice spot to camp on the hill before today's noon drafting start.
Bill King is down from St George to ride two horses and fulfil a new role for him in Warwick as a judge.
He is tickled pink to be chosen to judge the stallion and state campdrafts.
"I would like to think I am fair as a judge," he said.
Judging will be easy compared to riding out this year's flood when he sought high ground on his property with four horses and six dogs after water rose 20cm in his home.
"I was living in a shed on a shearer's stretcher," he said.