State of Origin at Uki Campdraft

TEAMWORK between horse and rider will be put to the test when competitors take to the Uki Sports Ground to contest the annual Uki campdraft this Saturday and Sunday.

The event is one of the biggest campdrafts in the region and included in the action-packed program is the ever popular State Of Origin challenge, pitting the best NSW campdrafters against their Queensland counterparts.

Presented by the Uki Sporting Horse Association, the campdraft has attracted a large number of competitors from northern NSW and South East Queensland.

According to Association spokesman Allan Boyd the number of entries was up on last year with the featured event being the Novice Campdraft.

“This will be bigger than last year and with a trophy saddle worth $3000, we expect some of the best campdrafters in the region to be competing,” he said.

“Last year's winner Joe Sheppard from Peak Crossing near Ipswich will be back to defend his title but he will face some stiff opposition with a large number of local riders nominating.

“Leading the charge for the Tweed will be one of our USHA members, Wayne Olive, who is always in the mix when it comes down to the business end of the campdraft.”

The action will start on Saturday from 7am and go through until 5pm.

On Saturday night after the draft, there will a dinner and entertainment on the grounds with the action recommencing again on Sunday from 7am and the wrapping up around 3pm.

Entry to the Uki campdraft is free on both days and Boyd encouraged members of the public to come along and enjoy the action and cheer the Tweed locals on.

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