John Edgley has ridden in the Warwick campdrafting once before and cannot wait to get in the ring this week.
John Edgley has ridden in the Warwick campdrafting once before and cannot wait to get in the ring this week. Georja Ryan

John has life-long love of the saddle

JOHN Edgley may be 80 years old, but he has the spirit and energy of a man in his 20s.

Mr Edgley arrived in Warwick this week after six days of driving from his home near Albany in Western Australia.

With four horses in tow, he and his wife Ann headed to the Rose City for what is referred to as the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting.

Mr Edgley said he was excited to be here and couldn't wait to ride.

"If I get the right bullock and my horse does the right thing, then that's what I want - if I ever get a ribbon, well that's just a bonus," Mr Edgley said.

Unlike many other riders who will enter the ring this week, Mr Edgley hasn't been drafting since he was a tiny tot - rather he first took up the sport in his 50s.

"It looked like a pretty good sport and when I retired I needed something to get into," he said.

"And I was lucky enough to win my first ever draft."

Mr Edgley may be modest about his riding, but his trophy cabinet says he has every reason to boast.

"I think two years ago was probably my best year," he said.

"I won the biggest draft, the Quilty Memorial Draft in Western Australia, I was an open rider in the ACA for WA and made it into the top 10 masters riders in Australia, and I also won veterans Sportsman of the year."

Mr Edgley said he had no plans of retiring from the saddle any time soon.

"I want to ride for as long as I possibly can."



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