FIERCE COMPETITION: The Condamine Bell Campdraft entranced crowds and attracted the best riders in the nation.
FIERCE COMPETITION: The Condamine Bell Campdraft entranced crowds and attracted the best riders in the nation. Amani Vassiliou

Condamine arena draws hopefuls

CAMPDRAFTING: It may have been a grey and rainy weekend, but that did nothing to stop the Condamine Bell Campdraft going off without a hitch.

If anything, as president Spencer Morgan said, it helped it go off brilliantly.

"It was a really successful three days,” Morgan said.

"We all enjoyed the rain and were lucky our arena seems to get better the more rain it gets. Not one horse fell all weekend.”

Condamine Bell kicks off the Triple Crown series and precedes thrilling action to follow in Chinchilla and Warwick.

Riders from across the nation take to the ring in the hopes of making a start in hitting the trifecta; winning all three open drafts.

"The standard was very high again this year, but that's something we come to expect as it's one of the richest drafts in Australia,” Morgan said.

The open division saw 424 entries, and another 345 in the novice.

Pete Comiskey on Destined to Be was crowned the open winner, taking home the $35,000 cheque.

After a run-off with Will Durkin on Durkins Jewel, Bruce McNaughton on Melody Chick won the novice final. Meanwhile Coralie Daly on Tyson won the Highest Scoring Lady Rider Condamine Bell Pendant.

Morgan said the committee was grateful for the sponsorship from local businesses, judges who travelled from afar, volunteers, cattle donors and Condamine P and C.

"Everyone chipped in to give a hand to make it a great weekend,” he said.

"It's a really good community event for a town as small as Condamine.”

Chinchilla News went along to capture the crowds in on the action:


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