OPPORTUNITY: Junior riders will have the chance to learn from some of the sport's best this month.
OPPORTUNITY: Junior riders will have the chance to learn from some of the sport's best this month. Claudia Williams

Kumbia campdraft investing in the future

INVESTING in the future of the sport is a top priority for the Kumbia and District Campdraft Association.

The association will host a two-day clinic on January 19 and 20 for junior and juvenile riders.

This is the first time the association has hosted a junior clinic in recent years with funds raised to be reinvested back into the club.

Experienced riders had the opportunity to improve their skills at Kumbia in September and committee member Christian Bjelke-Petersen said they didn't want the region's up-and-coming riders to miss out.

"Most of them are locals who are booked in but we have had interest from Kilkivan and Proston at this stage and because the clinics are promoted throughout the ACA it does allow for a larger range of riders from all areas,” he said.

Under the guidance of campdraft riders Joe Payne, Lexi Fitzgerald and Leah Read, up to 30 junior riders will learn dry work, cattle work, horse health and dental care with a qualified vet, hoof care with a farrier and ACA rules.

"The idea behind the clinic is two-pronged - it is to help out the younger people in the sport and help raise money to improve facilities,” Bjelke-Petersen said.

The association is raising funds for a new sand surface on top of a 10cm base of crusher dust, expected to cost up to $80,000.

"In the past, because we always you to run in red dirt and you can't run when their is a certain amount of rain,” Bjelke-Petersen said.

"Rain is good for cattle producers but it is not good for the committee, but laying this sand down will ensure we can run every year.”

Bjelke-Petersen said the committee was grateful for the towns supporting the committee's goals for the association.

"There have been a bunch of local businesses that have made things easier to make sure we can run the campdraft in the future,” he said.

The draft is going from strength to strength every year as the sports grows in popularity, with Kumbia's 2019 event to be held over three days from April 20-22.

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