Tamworth triumph

MICHAEL Hiscock from Tinamba won the Landmark Classic Campdraft last month, claiming more than $30,000 in prize money.

Despite being the wettest two days in Tamworth for 136 years the weather conditions didn’t stop campdraft and cutting enthusiasts from attending Australia’s premier performance horse event.

Riding Luckenough Horizen, Hiscock won the main prize by just five points.

In campdrafting competitors are required to “cut out” a beast from the yard or “camp”, follow it out through the open gate into the arena where they must guide the beast around a course of a right and left hand turns before guiding it through a gate, all in the shortest time possible.

Points are scored by horse and rider for cut out, horse work and course completion, from a possible total of 100 points.

A good campdrafter is not just a fine horseman, but has the skill to select a suitable beast from the mob that will run well.

The Tamworth campdraft was held in conjunction with the biggest performance-horse sale in Australia and the second-biggest in the Southern Hemisphere.