Mark Hopgood and Tassa’s Dancing Queen after a novice campdraft win at the Eastern Downs branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society weekend at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Mark Hopgood and Tassa’s Dancing Queen after a novice campdraft win at the Eastern Downs branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society weekend at the Warwick Showgrounds. Gerard Walsh

Rider eyes off Cup after win

THE Summit rider Mark Hopgood was quick to pay tribute to horse owner Peter Mutch after he won the novice campdraft on Tassa's Dancing Queen at the Eastern Downs branch of the Australian Stock Horse Society Futurity, Maturity, Challenge and Campdraft yesterday.

Hopwood has been campdrafting since the age of seven and won the novice and maiden at the Warwick Show last year.

He won yesterday on a mare owned by Peter Mutch, of Warwick.

"Peter gives me a lot of good ideas in my campdrafting," Hopgood said.

Hopgood has been riding the mare for 12 months and yesterday was his first win.

This year, he wants to ride the mare in the Warwick Gold Cup and reckons she has the ability to win.

"It all depends if the pilot (rider) is good enough," he said.

Campdrafting is a little more than heading off on the weekend.

Hopgood trains the mare for 30 minutes four to five times a week.

Inverell rider Cathy Anderson won the open campdraft on Kahmoo Skitles.

In the novice, David Manchon, from Rosewood, was victorious on Stockhaven Rainy Acres, owned by Belinda Staib.

Pittsworth rider Kayleen Sutton was high point winner on Saturday in the futurity, maturity and challenge.

The Queensland Cancer Council ran the canteen at the weekend.



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