Local rider Shania Koch on Windchester participating in Campdrafting.
The Pony Club NSW State Sporting Championships brings keen competition in Flag and Barrel racing as well as other novelty events.
The sport of Campdrafting has its origins in the early days of the Australian stockman, and is believed to have begun in outback Queensland. However the first formal campdrafting competition occurred in Tenterfield.
When drovers needed to select individual cattle from a mob to drive them to a separate holding area, the stockman would "cut out" the beast from the mob. A campdraft competition involves riders demonstrating their skills at cutting a beast out of a mob in an enclosure and then manoeuvring it around a set course.
This year’s championship has attracted entries from all over NSW and QLD. State Sporting has around 180 entries, with around 130 entries for State Campdrafting.
Local host Pony Club Zone 13 have entered around 33 riders in Sporting and 31 riders in Campdrafting. According to Libby Sharpe from Tenterfield Pony Club riders in her zone have been busy preparing for the event. “Last weekend we held a rally day and set the ring up as we have planned for the championships and all the children had a run in each event with Keith Willcocks helping and sharing his invaluable knowledge with the competitors from Tenterfield Pony Club.”
This will be the first Pony Club Association of NSW State Championship to be delivered according to the Associations mandated Hendra Virus Vaccination Policy. The policy applies to all horses attending PCANSW official events, including State Championships and State Camp from January, 2014.
“All horses attending State Championships and State run events (i.e. State Camp) must be fully vaccinated against Hendra virus and applications must include a copy of their current vaccination certificate from the 1st of January 2014,” this motion was passed at the Pony Club Association NSW State Council meeting on Tuesday 26th November 2013.
All horses attending the championship have current Hendra Vaccination status and will be scanned for microchip numbers on arrival. Plans for scanning are in place and this is expected to run smoothly.
A monster multi draw raffle will be held with tickets being sold locally and over the weekend.Entry is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.
Host Zone 13 have advised that they planned a dinner for the Saturday evening and prepurchased ticket are available however there has not been a very good response and it may have to be cancelled due to lack of numbers - all ticket holders will be advised accordingly.
“Look forward to seeing you all here in Tenterfield,” Libby Sharpe, Tenterfield Pony Club.
The Pony Club NSW State Sporting and Campdrafting Championships are supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Mitavite official feed partner, Global Entries Online, as well as other local sponsors.