Show stopper -- Uki campdraft
By BOB ANTHONY
OUTBACK Spectacular cast member Brett Welsh produced a show of his own to claim the feature event at the annual Uki Campdraft at the weekend.
Welsh, on his horse Bing, proved he was no show pony by claiming the saddle trophy and Novice Campdraft honours at the popular event.
Welsh scored rides of 91 and 89 to post a combined total of 180 points to finish six points clear of his nearest rival.
A large crowd filled the Uki Sporting Horse Association (USHA) grounds in the village to see some of the best campdrafters from northern NSW and southern Queensland compete in a number of different categories and also vying for honours in the second leg of the annual campdraft State Of Origin competition.
Teams of six riders went head-to-head in the Origin series but after winning the first leg at Beaudesert, the Blues team was unable to repeat the feat with the Maroons taking iout top honours and Queensland rider Ray Sillitoe named Man Of The Match.
Association treasurer Rachel Trevaskis said the standard of competition was very strong and provided plenty of action for the crowds both on Saturday and yesterday.
"Due to the number of competitors we had to schedule early starts and yesterday there was a frost which was a bit of a challenge for everyone," Trevaskis said. "We had good quality stock which made for some good runs and most importantly, there were no injuries with the competitors giving the event a big thumbs up."
The open category was won by Queenslander Jason Flynn while the ladies event went to Nikki Marshall from Springsure.
Of the local riders, Wayne Olive chalked up third, fourth and fifth placings in the novice campdraft on different horses which are the progeny of his own horse, Magician. Olive also scored a fourth in the open category. The maiden draft was won by Beaudesert rider Matt Stephan who was riding a local horse, Smirk, owned by Sherie Kendall.
The event heled raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Murwillumbah Hospital.
The USHA will hold another charity campdraft in September.