Massive pressure on entry places saw the Curlewis committee accepting as many runs as they possibly could for this year’s campdraft. Local cattle donors dug deep to ensure stock were available for as big a weekend as could be run. Lights were on hand to turn night into day.
A couple of rain induced delays pushed Saturday well into the night, but didn’t detract from the spectacle of the Open for Open , which runs each year under lights.
A line of silver brahmans well and truly tested the best of the best, with Tamworth rider Joel Duff coming out on top scoring a hard earned 89 points riding Elliott.
Maiden – Judge Leon Cummins
1st Adam Pollock, Elegance 170
= 2nd & 3rd Mat Oakley, Diesel & Ian Merrick, Mary 167
4th Tim Hollis, Jaffa 163
5th Sam Knight, Paddy 110
Novice – Judge Jack Gallagher
1st Scott Beaumont, Molly 172
2nd David Andrews, Centrefold 171
3rd Adam Pollock, Rave On 170
4th Chrys Kelly, Brandy 167
5th Tim Hollis, Respect 160
6th Mat Oakley, Cola 111
Open – Judge Scott Taylor
1st Peter Grills, Rumour 177
=2nd & 3rd Michael Maloney, Bass & Hugh Miles, Corvette, 172
= 4th & 5th Mark Morris, Peptos Playgirl & Bill Tonkin, Design 170
= 6th Rob Colless, Sapphire & Denis Yarnold, Caddess 169
Ladies – Judge Neville Holz
1st Alison Walker, Miss Doosalena 89
= 2nd & 3rd Sandee Rodd, Storm & Tracy Yarnold, Chloe 87
4th Melisa Gorton, Serena 85
=5th Helen Batterham, Surprise, Elaine Edwards, Pony & Carol Clarke, Joe all on 84.
Encouragement – Judge Neville Holz
1st Ben O’Reilly, Tomboy 87
2nd Ali Colless, Merlene 84
3rd Sandee Rodd, Storm 83
=4th & 5th Scott Edwards, Pony & Frank Letts, Jim 81
Junior – Judge Jack Gallagher
1st Tom Clare, Duke 43
2nd Kendall McTavish, Tina 21
3rd Kendall McTavish, Babe 20
4th Henry Leggett, Banjo 18
5th Tom Clare, Paula 17
Juvenile – Judge Jack Gallagher
1st Jayden Dorney, Nicholette 90
2nd Bevan Wood, Duration 89
3rd Kate Mills, Red 86
4th Nathan Butler, Bowman 85
=5th Bevan Wood, Slender & Angus McTavish, Keno 83
Open for Open – Judge Roger Barnett
1st Joel Duff, Elliott
2nd Adam Pollock, Twist
=3rd & 4th Henry Quilty, Dr Sprock & Ian Merrick, Lethal n Spin 87
=5th Michael Vivers, Carina & Ross Mills, Minnie 86
The Curlewis Campdraft Committee would like to extend extra appreciation to the cattle donors who this year supplied enough cattle to put through a fraction under 1000 runs over the weekend. They regret that very many people still missed out on getting to run, but simply couldn’t squeeze in any more.
They would also like to thank the canteen ladies who worked tirelessly all weekend keeping up with the huge numbers of people always present in the shed to watch the action and catch up with friends.
The backyard workers, gatemen and truck drivers are unsung heroes, and the backbone of the event, as are the sponsors who support us every year.
Finally they thank the competitors for their fine spirit in sometimes trying conditions, and for jumping into the camp when extra help was needed.
In the four years we’ve been running campdrafts at Curlewis it’s rained four times, so why were we surprised when this time we were DELUGED and forced to postpone? It took very many phone calls and much re-arranging but we managed to still field a full book of entries three weeks down the track – an excellent result considering we were running the day before the Warwick Gold Cup started, and clashed with a Hunter draft as well. The standard was still very high with some Warwick competitors riding at Curlewis and driving through Sunday night to start in Warwick on Monday…… now they would have to be mad.
ABCRA CAMPDRAFT COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR
And the winner is…. CURLEWIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!
What a thrill it was to be presented with this award at the ABCRA National Finals in Tamworth. All those sleepless nights, endless hours on the phone, checking and rechecking entries and cattle availability and all the rest of it suddenly faded into insignificance when our name was announced as the inaugural winners of this National award. This was a competitor driven award so it’s particularly gratifying that they noticed our extra efforts to run a good event. The lovely trophy we received is hanging on the shed wall for all to admire. Now to keep up the standard……
Word travels fast on the dog trialling circuit, and numbers were well up on last year’s trial, with most of the first timers making the return trip and bringing more with them. It was a great weekend made all the better by bush poet Paddy Ryan entertaining on Saturday night. Gary’s Camp Ovens were just too popular and sold out necessitating a quick BBQ to fill the gap. Everyone got fed in the end, so no problems.
Another numbers up event, with the most commonly asked question being “when can we have another one?” It seems that there is a definite spot for this fun low-key day we started last year as a trial. This was the first horse competition run on the new sand. It was great.
CURLEWIS PUBLIC SCHOOL
Needing some funds to send their kids on an excursion, the Curlewis Public School ran their first school horse sports day on the grounds and it was another resounding success for the sand arena. They fielded 85 riders and were thrilled with the outcome of the day. I’m sure they will be looking to do it again next year.
Is now due for the current financial year so if you are a member or would like to become one contact Alison on 67 441380 and she will sort it. Our monthly meetings happen at 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month, in The Shed at the grounds, so feel free to come and join us.
SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS AND CATTLE DONORS
Are an invaluable part of our ongoing success and there are too many to list without fear of missing someone.
We get people’s time, expertise, equipment, livestock, sand and good will.
These people are the lifeblood of our community and we are totally humbled by their confidence in us.
Thanks to them we now boast a fully sanded, state of the art campdraft facility which is the envy of all those who come and compete here. Because of them we’ve been able to positively assist the youth of the area and if that’s all we ever do then we’ve done a good thing.
Until next time………
Confident this year’s event would attract increased entries after the success of last year’s inaugural trial, the committee expanded the program to include some evening entertainment in the form of bush poet Paddy Ryan. After a full day’s trialling, and completion of the ever popular dog high jump, Paddy easily kept the attention of a sizable crowd from the back of a ute parked out the front of the shed.
As usual the camp oven dinner was in great demand, with delicacies such as Sheepdog’s Pie, Irish Wolfhound Stew, Red Dog Casserole and Puppy potatoes (they’re the little ones) all popular.
Some lovely local cattle tested the ability of working dogs from as far away as the Far North Coast, the Hunter Valley and Central West.
Winner of the Maiden Trial after two rounds was Jennifer Burrell’s dog Cove. Jennifer hails from Bylong, returning to Curlewis after enjoying success winning last year’s Open event with her dog Reef. Reef ran 2nd in the Open this year.
The Novice winner was Hunter Valley contestant Jim Marshall and his dog Flo. Jim was also a return contestant and winner of the dog high jump for the 2nd year running.
The Open event was won by North Coast trialler Jonathon Randle and Sarah. Jonathon’s dogs were on fire this weekend, with Mac and Dane taking out 4th and 5th places in the Open as well.
Event co-ordinator Chrys Kelly said he was thrilled with the popularity and rapid expansion of the dog trial event in Curlewis, and is confident the Campdraft Club will continue to bring a wide variety of groups to enjoy their great facility in the village.