RECENT rains won't stop Paradise Lagoons from celebrating a milestone this week, with the 10th anniversary of its campdraft.
The draft, Australia's richest and largest, is a must-attend event on the calendar of a swag of horse enthusiasts from right across Australia and attracts competitors from every mainland state.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman along with wife Lisa will be in attendance on the Saturday, as will Governor of Queensland Penelope Wensley.
The campdraft runs from Thursday to Sunday.
Competitors will try their skills across 12 events, in the hope to take home their share of $280,000 in prizemoney and trophies.
Nominations are set to top 4000.
To enable this high volume of participants, a third campdraft arena has been constructed to complement the existing two drafting arenas and cutting arena in the multi-million dollar purpose built complex.
Committee President, Graeme Acton suggests that whilst running three arenas concurrently will be logistically challenging, he is confident that through the assistance and support of the large team of volunteers and staff, the four days will run smoothly.
The efforts of these people will be supported by a state of the art computerised nomination and competitor management system, developed through the vast knowledge and experience of the committee.
The much anticipated and patronised Saturday night "State of Origin" where Queensland's top 20 riders will take on the strength and determination of the NSW top 20 team. This is the fifth year this event has been conducted, with the score standing at two wins apiece.
With the growth in the event both in spectators and competitor numbers, food outlets have been expanded to cater for all tastes and budgets, including a special '10th Anniversary Ladies Luncheon', on Saturday, details of which can be found on the website.
Check out www.campdraft.com.au for more information.