Couple compete in campdraft
KIM Daley was always going to be a campdrafter and a good one at that.
The Goomburra horsewoman was 49th into camp at 1pm yesterday in the CG Welding Ladies Silver Cup Campdraft and one of hundreds of riders aiming to make the final of one of the nation’s top campdrafts.
On Saturday, she was 10th in the final of the Chinchilla Grandfather Clock Campdraft with scores of 87, 86 and 88 in the final.
“The prizemoney covered my costs,” she said.
Kim, nee Edgley, and her husband Jim moved from Western Australia to Queensland six years ago mainly to be closer to the hub of campdraft action.
They lived for five years at Pittsworth and have been at Goomburra for the past year.
“My campdrafting has improved a lot since I came to Queensland,” she said.
In January, Kim won the Carmen Batterham Memorial Campdraft at Bony Mountain on Signet.
She was first out on Rayon to score 73 which she acknowledged was well short of what was needed to make the final.
Kim also missed the final on Signet but will ride the same two horses in the Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup. Before moving to Queensland, she was a campdraft winner in Western Australia and recalls travelling 800 kilometres one way from Albany for weekend campdraft.
Now she and her husband compete in a campdraft once every three weeks on average with a trip of up to 400 kilometres.
They are from campdrafting families and met on the circuit.
While Jim’s family now lives at Pittsworth, the Edgleys are still in Western Australia.
“We sometimes go over and pinch a horse to go in a campdraft,” Kim said.
When she is not competing herself, Kim will be helping out Jim who has three horses in the Warwick Gold Cup, two in the Canning Downs and one in the stallion draft.
He has performance on the board with an equal third in the Warwick Gold Cup soon after they moved east to Queensland.
As two of the locals this week, the Daleys will spent some nights at home this week and also camp some nights at the Warwick Showgrounds depending on their program the next day.
“You would have to think the horses like to get out a bit and don’t mind spending the night at the showgrounds,” she said.