ONE TO WATCH: Robert Plant, of Chinchilla, riding Maca to 81 at the Warwick Showgrounds.
ONE TO WATCH: Robert Plant, of Chinchilla, riding Maca to 81 at the Warwick Showgrounds. Gerard Walsh

Seven riders to keep your eye on

IT'S classed as one of the most prestigious campdrafts in Australia and is one of the 'Big Three' that make up the Triple Crown Series of campdrafts in October.

This year the Grandfather Clock Campdraft will run from Wednesday to Saturday, October 16 to 19, with competitors travelling from all corners of Australia to compete for the respected "Grandfather Clock” trophy.

Over four days of drafting, spectators will witness some of the best horse and rider combinations in Australia.

From noon Saturday, the event will conclude with finals of the Circle L Western Maiden/Novice Rider and Horse, the Envision Partners Novice Draft, the Sandon Glenoch Angus Grandmother Clock Ladies' Draft, and the Ainsworth Motors and New Holland Grandfather Clock Draft. Presentations will follow immediately


Competitors and spectators will then be able to celebrate at the competitor dinner and bar Saturday evening.

Friday evening will see the return of a very popular event with riders and spectators, the Bare Back Cut Out, followed by entertainment at the bar supplied by Toowoomba band Preserve the Moose.

Friday will also be a day to raise awareness of the RUOK? charity for suicide awareness and people are encouraged to wear yellow on that day.

The company KellCo will be donating $10 for every beast through the gates on the Friday, which could be equal to $1000 to $1200 for RUOK?.

If you are planning on attending this year's event, keep an eye out for these local campdrafters.

Some have been drafting for a long time, some have won the Grandfather and Grandmother Clock trophies and others have only just been drafting a few years.


1. Robert Plant: His best performance came in 2011, when he took out the title of the Knudsen family restricted open campdraft. In 2012 he had another strong placing, sixth in the novice campdraft.

2. Kristina Plant: In 2012, Kristina proved her talent by placing fourth in the novice category, however she only improved from there, taking out the Chinchilla Veterinary Service ladies' draft two years later.

3. Ross Wolski: Last year, Ross finished fifth in the novice Grandfather Clock draft. He will be looking to improve.

4. Jackie Knudsen: She has experienced much success in the Chinchilla campdrafts over the past years, including winning the Grandmother Clock in 2013, first in the open in 2014 and first in the novice category in 2015. In 2015 she was also equal fifth in the Grandfather draft.

5. Ken Knudsen: Ken has placed in the restricted open category three times in the past four years. In 2015, he placed seventh, in 2016 he placed eighth and in 2017 he placed sixth. Time will tell if he can continue to improve.

6. Tanya Klan: Chinchilla local Tanya is relatively new to the campdrafting experience. She busted onto the scenes in her maiden campdraft in Nindigully in 2015.

7. Shari Knudsen: Has proven her talent over the years, placing second in the novice category in both 2016 and 2013. She was placed third in the junior category in 2016 and was a placegetter (equal ninth) in the Grandfather Clock draft in 2014.

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