Comiskeys excel at Ridgelands
IT WAS a big weekend at the Ridgelands Campdraft for Nebo's Comiskey family with the father Pete and teenage son Clayton both going home with some pocket money.
Pete is a champion competitor with a winning history, but over the weekend at the Ridgelands Campdraft it was Clayton who pulled out all the stops to win two sections, the Maiden Draft and the Juvenile Draft.
Winning the maiden would have been particularly satisfying for the young horseman as he beat his father into second.
Event secretary Belinda Ellrott said the annual campdraft attracted more than 800 nominations.
She said competitors often had multiple nominations across the various events, taking more than one horse to the show.
Campdraft is very popular and attracts generations of families.
"It is a good family sport," she said.
When a sport is very technical and requires an understanding between horse and rider over a long period of time, it is difficult to describe what it is all about but Ellrott said in basic terms the sport requires exceptional control of the horse by its rider.
"You have to take the horse around a set course in a set time," she said.
"Once out of the yard or the camp you have to negotiate a clover leaf shaped course."
While it might sound easy it takes a lot of practice and a great deal of understanding.
The two-day event attracted riders from many parts of the state with winners coming from a cross-section of areas.
In the Junior Draft the first went to a local competitor with Gracemere rider Jett Graham taking home the winner's prize.
Katherine Lyons, sister-in-law of champion barrel racer Jill Lyons, managed to get a top three finish as did Scott Spreadborough, who claimed a third place in the Encouragement Draft.
Another to triumph was Graeme Acton who enjoyed success in the Novice Draft.
However, a major prize of the weekend was for the Open Draft winner and that went to Marlborough's Russell Smith.
- Open: Russell Smith (Marlborough)
- Ladies: Susan Symes (Eidsvold)
- Maiden: Clayton Comiskey (Nebo)
- Encouragement: Matthew Webb (Thangool)
- Restricted: Peter Comiskey (Nebo)
- Novice: Graeme Acton
- Juvenile: Clayton Comiskey (Nebo)
- Junior: Jett Graham (Gracemere)