Kane Drayton on ‘Warrenbri Luke’, in the cutting yard at the Maiden Novie event on Saturday. Image: Lynne Mowbray

We thought it wouldn’t happen!

A month ago, if you were driving past the Maclean showgrounds and thought you saw buffalo’s and did a double take. You weren’t the only one. The Maclean Show Society Campdraft committee were holding a training weekend for their members.

And from this an idea was formed that maybe they could hold their annual campdraft, not at the usual time of year but in early November.

We usually hold our campdraft on the long weekend in June but with COVID in full force then we decided to cancel it for the year, not thinking that we would get a chance this year to run.

But with a committee full of determination, it only took four weeks to chase up 500 head of cattle and a swag of sponsors which allowed us to run a one day draft.

We had a total of 148 competitors and 408 runs which included the finals.

We started at 6.30am and the last being at 5.30pm.

The kids were up early and started the program with the U13-17 Nathan Moore with an 86 took out the Juvenile win.

Kids 8 –  U13 were up next with Copmanhurst local Wroxton Fahey on his pony Joker with a 85 riding with skill most adults would love to have.

The Peter Wright Memorial Maiden draft was won by an adopted local Reece Wallace. Out-scoring local Innes Fahey by one point.

The Novice draft was won by Local Peter Connor. Peter has been a long time supporter of our little draft taking a ribbon home most times he comes to the grounds.

The Big event was next. The Happy Davis Memorial Open Draft was hotly contested.

There were 20 riders, riding off for the title. So many awesome runs but it was a run off between committee man and Maclean local Brett Ellem against the veteran Greg Claydon.

With everyone on the edge of their seats it was Brett that come out on top.

We thank all the cattle donors, truck drivers, sponsors, committee people and mostly the competitors that come and support us year after year.

Tammy Sutherland