Riders put to the test

HORSES and riders took to the Hamilton Showground earlier in the month for Campdrafting Tasmania’s Christmas event.

With Campdrafting Tasmania’s season now well under way, Hamilton was set as the venue, with riders and horses from across Tasmania competing with Cleveland Pastoral supplying heifers.

The Big Event, and the final highlight of the day was the Shotgun Stud Open Super-Draft– with a field of 29 riders keen to take home the extra cash prize donated by Tim and Claire Lovell’s Shotgun Stud based at Huonville.

Only six riders who gained the highest scores qualified for a second round to decide the winner.

The Cleveland Pastoral Estate’s great line of heifers tested each horse and rider all the way.

Charlton Rundle and Indi from Melrose and Tom Matthews and Calamity Jane from Bothwell lead the scores after the first round, with Genevieve Dalco and Mooney from Launceston only two points behind.

However, Congratulations go to deserving winners, Exeter’s Ken Rundell and Bodean who clinched the win with a great full course on their second run for 163 in total.

The versatile Bodean earned his dinner, as he had a full day, being a reliable judge’s horse for several events as well as having a warm-up run in the Men’s Draft.

The January 15 Draft at Powranna will host another Open SuperDraft Event, co-sponsored by Libby Cooper from “Vet in the Valley” at Plenty, and club member Chris Worthington, along with a full day’s program of drafting.