Stanthorpe readies for bumper campdraft competition
IF you are a keen drafter or just someone interested in trying the sport nominations are still open for the annual Stanthorpe Campdraft in early May.
The two-day campdraft kicks off at Stanthorpe Showgrounds on May 11 and includes juvenile, junior, maiden, encourage, novice and open events.
Organiser Paula Boatfield said nominations for all classes would be accepted until May 10.
"We were forced to postpone the draft from March until now because it was so wet in the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald," she explained.
"At the time we couldn't get cattle into the showgrounds and we were concerned about the risks of running on such a wet ground.
"But we are really encouraged by the support we have received since from both sponsors and competitors."
A lot of our region has had a good season so stock from both the eastern and western sides of Stanthorpe will be in good condition, which is what you need for a draft.
More than 700 head of cattle from properties across the Granite Belt will be trucked in for the event.
"A lot of our region has had a good season so stock from both the eastern and western sides of Stanthorpe will be in good condition, which is what you need for a draft," Mrs Boatfield said.
At the moment there are still spaces in all events, but keen competitors are urged to send their nominations in as soon as possible to secure their place.
She said several new sponsors had come on board for the 2013 event and the committee was grateful for their involvement as well as that of long standing supporters.
"We get exceptional support from the Granite Belt community and that is vital when it comes to running a successful campdraft."
For more details about the campdraft on May 11-12 at Stanthorpe Showgrounds contact 4683 3119.