Kumbia campdraft beats the odds
CAMPDRAFT: Two weeks ago Kumbia Campdraft Association president Malcolm Ryan was doubtful the South Burnett would welcome competitors from across Queensland to Kumbia's annual Easter campdraft.
"Through the drought and with the cattle going into winter there is not a lot of feed about and the committee knew what the donors were going through," he said.
"With the rain we received and generosity of cattle donors we have put 800 head of cattle together for a two day campdraft and even though it is shorter than our normal event, two days is better than nothing."
Riders will come as far as Roma, Warwick, Gympie and the Gold Coast for Kumbia's annual event.
"Through the cancellation of drafts locally and in the Southeast Queensland area everyone is keen to go to a draft," Ryan said.
"It is a long weekend so it makes it easier for people to travel to get there."
The campdraft attracted 1250 nominations and the committee was forced to reduce the number of riders to 650.
"We want to try and please everyone but you can't and we had to make some hard decisions and we are not the only committee that has had to do it," Ryan said.
It will be a milestone event for the campdraft committee with the first campdraft to be run on the new sand arena.
"We are pretty excited to finally run a campdraft on the new arena," Ryan said.
"It is a great thing for the community to keep having an annual event, especially over Easter."
The campdraft will start from first light on Saturday and run through to dusk and then riders will be back at it again on Easter Sunday morning through to dusk.
It will be a community effort in Kumbia with the hack and pony club catering the event and the cricket club providing meals in the evening.
"I am looking forward to the pleasure of people campdrafting. It is my sport and that is why I put in the amount of effort I do and a lot of my committee are the same," Ryan said.