CAMPDRAFT CHAMPION: Peter O'Neil with horse Roy as he wins the Ascot and Angus Charolais Canning Downs Campdraft 2019.
CAMPDRAFT CHAMPION: Peter O'Neil with horse Roy as he wins the Ascot and Angus Charolais Canning Downs Campdraft 2019.

Campdraft winner lets love of sport talk

2019's winner of the Ascot Angus and Charolais Canning Downs Campdraft Cup is not a big talker, he prefers to let his riding speak for itself.

 

In fact, Peter O'Neill was left speechless today after winning the Warwick prize, with a sizeable 268 score.

 

"How do you feel? I don't know, what's that feeling?" he said, trying to find the word.

 

"Unbelievable."

 

O'Neil has been riding since he was four years old and had previously won the Warwick Gold Cup in 2014, while wife Toni O'Neill has won two Ladies Campdrafts in Warwick.

 

For the pair, it was a passion which took months of hard work for just a few seconds in the ring, but always worth it.

 

"You work all year for it and when you win it, you go 'Oh it was worth it'," O'Neill said.

 

While O'Neill has been riding since he was a kid, he had been in the campdrafting community for almost as long, and said it was the camaraderie that kept him returning.

 

"We're all the same, we're all bushmen. No one is ever better than anyone else, and we all look out for each other," he said. 

 

"It's just one of those sports."

CAMPDRAFT WIN: Peter O'Neil wins 2019's Ascot and Angus Charolais Canning Downs Campdraft Cup.
CAMPDRAFT WIN: Peter O'Neil wins 2019's Ascot and Angus Charolais Canning Downs Campdraft Cup.

 

O'Neill won the trophy with the help of his horse Roy, but if campdrafting enthusiasts are looking for tips on how to raise a winner, O'Neill says it's not something that can be taught.

 

"You can just feel it in them. Some horses can do it, some can't," he said.

 

"Just be confident and they're confident with you."

 

"He's a horse who's good and strong when the pressure's on. He can handle it."

 

The same could apply for O'Neill himself who prefers to let his passion take charge when he's under pressure in the ring.

 

"You just wait until you get in there and see the beast and just look at the beast and forget about everything else. One step at a time."

 

"You don't think about it."

 

With a three-way tie for second place, Kurt Hanrahan, Ben Hall and Mark Buttsworth, all scored a total of 266 in the cup as well.

 

Keep updated with all Warwick Rodeo wins over this weekend with Warwick Daily News.



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