THERE will be more than 3000 match-ups in campdrafting at the Warwick Showgrounds in the next week and there will be three involved each time - a rider, horse and beast.
To have a chance to win the Melbourne Cup of Campdrafting, the Pryde's EasiFeed Warwick Gold Cup, a rider will need a score close to 90 in the first and second rounds and the final and even a run off.
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president John Kiss has competed in plenty of campdrafts down the years and said the most important of the three were the horse-and-rider combinations.
"One of the big secrets of the Warwick Gold Cup is contestants are in town for a week and as they proceed through the rounds, the pressure increases,” he said.
"There is a lot of stress in waiting for the final and competing with a cool head.”
Plenty of riders will head to Warwick with the "best” tag but for Dr Kiss, two of the best are Warwick rider Ben Tapp who has won the Gold Cup twice in the past four years and Roma campdrafter Peter O'Neill.
The Warwick Gold Cup is the third of the campdrafts in the triple crown. If the same horse-and-rider combination can win the Condamine Bell, Chinchilla Grandfather Clock and Warwick Gold Cup, they win $30,000.
The closest to winning the triple crowd was Muttaburra rider Ben Hall who was on target until Warwick when his beast headed towards the McConville Bar to end Hall's dream of a bonus.
Marlborough rider Wally Rae won the Condamine Bell on Annie at the weekend so is the one rider in the running for the 2016 triple crown.
The first of the rodeo events will be on Thursday next week. Round 1 of The Carlton Dry Warwick Rodeo National Finals will be at 6pm Thursday.
Warwick area competitors in the finals include saddle bronc riders Michael Maher, Mark Collins, Lane Grayson and Peel Tribe, rope and tie star Mitch Eastwell, bareback bronc rider Fred Osman and team roper Jeff Miller who will be aiming for a sixth title win as a team roping header.
Monday 24th: 5.30am, 600 first rounds in Canning Downs and Gold Cup drafts
Tuesday: 5am, 600 first rounds in Gold Cup and Canning Downs drafts
Wednesday: 5am, last of first round runs in Canning Downs and Gold Cup drafts
Thursday: 5am, Ladies and Champion Rider of Australia Challenge first rounds
4.30pm, First of rodeo events
6pm, Round 1 of APRA national finals
Friday: 5am, Round 2 of Canning Downs and round 1 of Champion of Champions; Champion Rider of Australia Challenge round 2, ladies and Champion of Champions finals
5pm: Buckjumps and round 2 of APRA finals
Saturday: 6am, Stallion draft round 1 and Champion Rider of Australia Challenge round 3; rodeo events, 11.30am stallion draft final, rodeo events, 2pm Canning Downs final, rodeo events
6pm: Round 3 of APRA national finals
Sunday: 5am, Gold Cup round 2; 10am rodeo events; noon Gold Cup final
2pm: Round 4 of APRA national finals