NANANGO CAMPDRAFT: Jim Gilbert in action at last year's Nanango Campdraft. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
NANANGO CAMPDRAFT: Jim Gilbert in action at last year's Nanango Campdraft. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

High cattle prices cut competition down to one day draft

HIGH cattle prices have restricted the Nanango Campdraft to just one day but, in turn, boosted the competition.

Nanango Campdraft Committee treasurer and secretary Alan Broome said an additional juvenile class had been added.

"It's a one day event because of cattle numbers," Broome said.

"With cattle worth so much a lot of people have sold up.

"We've reintroduced the juvenile (campdraft) to encourage the younger ones."

This follows the drought-restricted campdraft last year, which only had a novice and open campdraft over one day too.

With Sunday's Nanango Campdraft to follow the one at Cooyar on Saturday, Broome said he expected a lot of riders to compete in both.

"We had good nominations, we have now oversubscribed," he said.

Australian Campdraft Association president Ian Atthow has entered three horses into the open. As one of the first campdrafts of the season, the fourth-generation campdrafter said he hoped for mild conditions.

Atthow said with cattle worth so much, competitors would take top care of the beasts in the arena.

He will judge the novice campdraft and compete in the open.

The Nanango Campdraft will be held at the Showgrounds from 6am.

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