By Des Dugan
The open campdraft at the Murrurundi Bushmen’s Carnival recently was a hotly contested affair with the placegetters only separated by four points.
Brandon Wood on Swanky lead the field on 89 points followed by Jim Lyons on Jewel with 88 and Troy Palmer on Impressive Destiny with 87.
Troy’s second ride on Sniper saw him drop to 86 matching James Keyte on Fashion giving them fourth and fifth respectively.
The novice campdraft did not fare much better with eight contestants separated by only two points.
Troy Palmer headed up the field on 89 points followed by James Keyte and Dean Taylor on 88 and the next five contestants all on 87 points.
They were Rowena Dillon, Darren Shorten, Brandon Wood, Troy Palmer and Rachel Beard.
The maiden campdraft was a much more spread out affair with Chris Bagnall first on 166 points.
His next contestant was Darren Shorten down the ladder on 101 points.
However, things bunched up from there on in with two thirds, Scott Edwards and Jamie Turner on 85 points, and Blair Forrest, Maurice Mitchell and Todd Hammond all coming in with 84 points.
The ladies campdraft was also a more orderly competition with Emma McMurrich on 88, Heather Mitchell on 87, Kerri Mitchell on 83, Kyra O’Brien on 83 and Simone Harvey on 81.
The junior (eight to under thirteen) campdraft cutout had a clear winner in Jorja Edwards with a massive 82 points.
Next closest on the ladder was Tyler Palmer on 22.
Emily Winn had two rides but could not beat here 21 score with three riders taking fifth place on 20 points each.
They included Jessica Moore, Tyler Palmer’s second ride, and Laura Sadler.
The junior cutout was also a close call with nine placegetters within two points.
Tamika Edwards was the clear winner on 23 points, however, the second placegetters, all on 22 points included Tamika’s second ride, Kaitlin Smith and Seaton Sharpe.
Kaitlin’s second ride got her a fifth place along with Georgia Chapman, Charlie Chapman and Hede Sharpe with two rides.
The cattle donors on the day included Ken Haggarty, David and Claire Paradice, Jeremy Sharpe,. John Begg along with Shane and Louise Easey
There was not much in the junior cutout either with Joyden Dorney on 84 points, April Longridge with two rides (both on 82 points), Logan Penfold, also on 82 and Lucy Sadler on 80 points.
Sponsors on the day included Tim Barnett (Barnett Stock Horses) Wallabadah; Manuka Haulage (David from Manuka, Quirindi) and Meadowdale Chaff (Lloyd Rossington and Sons at Parkville).
The judges on the day included Fred Miles in the junior cutout and junior draft. Todd Hammond in the Juvenille draft, Max Batterham for the maiden/novice draft; Michael Andrews for the ladies draft and Darren Shorten for the open draft.
By Des Dugan