National title to add even more star power
NEARLY half a million dollars worth of prize money will be up for grabs for campdrafters during this year's Warwick Rodeo.
The addition of the very first National Campdrafting Championship of Australia to this year's program puts Warwick as Australia's highest paying campdrafting competition.
The National Campdrafting Championship will attract Australia's best riders as they battle it out for the title - National Champion Rider of Australia.
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society Campdrafting chairman Brian Boyce said it would be great to have a new event during the week.
"This will certainly bring the best of the best to Warwick," he said.
The top five open riders representing four campdraft associations - the Australian Campdraft Association, the Australian Bushmen's Campdraft and Rodeo Association, the Southern Campdrafting Association and the Gippsland Campdraft Association - will compete over three finals.
"For the first time ever these riders will be brought together to compete," Mr Boyce said.
Mr Boyce said there would be $19,000 in prize money, $4000 in Pryde's EasiFeed, a $3000 bronze trophy and two service fees to One Moore Playboy for the winner.
The national championship competition began in 2004 at Paradise Lagoons Campdraft and the inaugural winner was Pete Comiskey from Nebo.
Since then it has been held every second year at national venues including Paradise Lagoons, NSW and Victoria.
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president John Kiss said he was excited for the event to come to Warwick.
"This is going to complement all the other campdrafting events we have," Mr Kiss said.
"It's going to be very exciting to see them battle it out in front of what is going to be a large crowd.
"Preparations for the rodeo are going very smoothly and the grounds will be in first-class order come the last week of October."
Mr Boyce said with the drought affecting most farmers, sourcing cattle for the campdrafts was proving difficult.
"We'll need about 4000 head in total," he said.
"One of the normal blokes we get the cattle from said he's going to be a lot shorter this year than previously.
"The drought seems to be hitting them hard - but we are still hopeful for a great turn out at the rodeo."
- Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup
- Supafloats Canning Downs Campdraft
- CG Welding, Maydan Feedlot Ladies Silver Cup
- Newcombe's Charbrays Champion of Champions Campdraft
- National Campdrafting Championship