RIDING HIGH: Ben Rossiter with Hard Hat Kelly, a mare on which he scored 92 on Monday.
RIDING HIGH: Ben Rossiter with Hard Hat Kelly, a mare on which he scored 92 on Monday. Gerard Walsh

Best of the best so far in drafting

CAMPDRAFTING: Tamworth rider Ben Rossiter has scored the only 92 in almost two days of campdrafting at the Warwick Rodeo.

He believes a score in the mid 80s should be enough in the second round to qualify him for the final of the Black Toyota Canning Downs Campdraft.

Rossiter is riding eight-year-old mare Hard Hat Kelly in both major campdrafts in Warwick and was leading the Canning Downs Campdraft late Tuesday with his 92.

His best on Hard Hat Kelly is 94 at the Saxby Roundup in 2016 and he has about six scores of 92 in his career.

Rossiter said in his score of 92, he had a nice flowing yard.

"The steer run true and we were able to tighten the pegs up at speed on course," he said.

"I was a bit closer to the inside peg at the gate but that is good as it makes you a bit quicker."

He is competing in Warwick for a sixth time and is hoping to improve on his best of eighth riding Amy in the Canning Downs Campdraft in 2011. He made the final with two scores of 89, his best in Warwick before this year.

Rossiter will be on course in the Pryde's EasiFeed Warwick Gold Club with his second mare Diamonds about 5.20am Wednesday.

"It is better to run in the early morning or night when it is cooler. The cattle can get a bit warm to run well in the middle of the day."

His family all campdraft but wife Emma and sons Cade, Blake and Beau will only be in Warwick for the weekend of campdrafting and rodeo events.

"Jade is 16 and has nominated in the junior steer ride on Saturday, he has won some campdrafts," Rossiter said.

Rossiter runs an engineering consultancy and is doing some work on road and bridge planning on his computer while in Warwick.



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