Bluey rides to victory

ONLY two points separated Uki Sporting Horse Association member Wayne Olive from claiming the 2009 Novice campdraft at the Uki sportsgrounds yesterday.

Olive was piped for the $3000 trophy saddle by Kyogle's Tim Cahill riding Bluey in one of the closest finals to date.

The annual two-day campdraft wrapped up yesterday with organisers hailing the event a huge success.

“We had great weather, great crowds and great competition,” organiser Allan Boyd said yesterday.

“Thanks to all the livestock donors, we had quality cattle for the campdraft which was vital for ensuring some good competition.

“This is one of the more popular campdrafts on the Northern Rivers with the numbers of competitors up from last year.”

Heats began on Saturday and continued through to yesterday with the final in the afternoon.

The Open campdraft went to Matt McCormack from Casino while the Maiden campdraft was won by sporting horse member Len Frame.

The ladies event went to Kimberley Salmon who made the trek to Uki from Roma.

In the annual State Of Origin clash between NSW and Queensland competitors the honours went to NSW who won the event by one run, regaining the trophy and bragging rights until next year.

“We are very grateful to all our sponsors who made the day possible,” Boyd said.

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