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Daley to be a judge in Warwick campdrafting

DRAFTING: Jim Daley and Westons Yakka in action at the Warwick Showgrounds. He is one of the four judges at this year's campdrafting which starts Monday.
DRAFTING: Jim Daley and Westons Yakka in action at the Warwick Showgrounds. He is one of the four judges at this year's campdrafting which starts Monday. Gerard Walsh

CAMPDRAFTING: Goomburra rider Jim Daley will judge at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft for the first time when he officiates in the Frasers Livestock Transport Stallion Campdraft on Saturday week.

The first round is at 6am on the Saturday and the final later in the day.

Daley said it was exciting to be asked to judge in Warwick.

"I had no idea when Geoff Grant called me that I was under consideration as a judge for Warwick,” he said.

"The week of campdrafting in Warwick is the best in Australia without a doubt.”

Daley won the stallion draft in 2010 with Westons Yakka, a horse owned by Jim and his wife Kim. He is originally from Capel in Western Australia and Kim is from Albany and they moved to Goomburra to manage a property for John and Gwen Lyons in 2008 partly to be closer to the large number of campdrafts in the eastern states.

After almost a decade in Queensland, they will move to Albany in Western Australia early next year.

The one certainty is the 2017 Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft won't be their last.

"Before we moved to Queensland, we came over every three or four years to compete and will be back for more campdrafts in Warwick,” he said.

There are 10 to 12 campdrafts annually in the southern part of Western Australia.

"While there are less campdrafts in the west, the competition is pretty good,” he said.

Next week, he will ride Holden's Contrast in the Warwick Gold Cup and Canning Downs campdrafts while Kim will ride Barrister in the ladies campdraft after the same combination came eighth last year.

Barrister is owned by Bony Mountain couple Errol and Clare Cooper. First action 6am Monday.

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