THE Wandoan Charity Campdraft wasn't just another sporting event, it was a display of stellar horsemanship, fine cattle and bush spirit.
Held at the Wandoan Showgrounds across two days on March 4-5, the event drew 500 nominations from more than 100 of the region's finest campdrafters and raised more than $13,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
More than 80% of the winning riders and placegetters donated more than $3500 worth of prizemoney back to the cause, while competitors, volunteers and organisers contributed with direct donations.
"So many of our community members have used this service and feel it's vital for it to continue for all rural communities. My family and some committee members have utilised them on more than one occasion,” campdraft organiser Lauren Newton said.
"We are very happy with the amount raised and are proud to be a part of the spirit that the event brought out in people.”
Ms Newton said the local community really embraced the event and provided an overwhelming amount of support.
"Anyone who campdrafts knows that it takes a lot of time and commitment to run a draft and I am very proud to be part of the team that helped make the Wandoan Charity Draft the success that it was,” she said.
Kristina Plant from Chinchilla took out the Canaga Angus Maiden riding Gabrielle, while Jackie Knudsen, also from Chinchilla, ran first on Barrister in the QGC Open.
Robert Ryan from Wandoan won the D&W Transport Local Maiden on Codac.
Quality cattle provided by Yackatoon Grazing, Brigodoon Cattle Co, Hall Family, Sands Family and D&J Conway resulted in excellent drafting from all competitors.
Local businesses were also on board, volunteering their time and services, with D&W Transport ensuring all cattle were transported safely to and from the campdraft.
Ms Newton said the quality of the cattle was crucial to the event's success.
"The highlight was the cattle donors and the wonderful cattle we were able to campdraft,” she said.
"In the dry times we are having, there are many drafts that are unable to run.
"Our cattle donors were wonderful in donating their livestock so that we were able to run the charity draft.
"Without cattle there is no campdraft - something we campdrafters must never forget.”
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