Keeping the coveted gold at home
IT'S often called the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting.
The uniquely Australian sport's most prestigious event is the Warwick Gold Cup.
Widely renowned as the holy grail in the sport, the cup itself has been paid for by the Warwick business houses since its beginning in 1931.
Chairman of the Campdraft committee Lorna Fanning is keen to see the tradition continue.
"It is the Warwick business houses and residents who raise the money for the Gold Cup, which is valued at $4760," Mrs Fanning said.
"We dearly want to keep the Warwick Gold Cup in the hands of the local business."
The winner of the Warwick Gold Cup will not only receive the prestigious Cup, but also collect $20,000 prize money, which is donated by Black Toyota, and a Tony Gifford Saddlery Trophy Saddle valued at $4000.
To date $800 has been raised by the various business and residents in Warwick, but more is needed to keep the Warwick Gold Cup tradition alive.
Made by local master craftsman Trevor Young, the trophy is most sought after in the sport.
"The Cup belongs to Warwick business and to the people, and we would dearly love to keep it that way," Mrs Fanning said.
To keep the tradition alive, donations can be made at the Warwick Show and Rodeo office at the Warwick Showgrounds between the hours of 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday, or by phoning 4661 9060 to make other arrangements.
Did you know?
- In 1931, the open campdraft competition became the Warwick Gold Cup, named so as the then Governor of Queensland, Sir John Goodwin, presented the first Gold Cup.
- It was decided to back date the cup to the winners of the 1928-1930 campdrafts, and they were presented a Gold Cup.
- The Warwick Gold Cup is paid for each year by Warwick businesses.