PETER Connor is the proud, exhausted winner of one of the richest campdraft events in Australia. The 52-year-old Southgate builder arrived home on Tuesday with his 19-year-old steed Grouse after two days of driving from Rockhampton. But it was all worth it, because Connor was bottling up his joy from winning the Mort and Co

Southern Campdraft Awards

Thursday, 30 July 2015 by

The Far South Coast and Monaro Zone of the Southern Campdraft Association held it’s annual dinner last weekend. See your ad here The Far South Coast and Monaro zone of the Southern Campdraft Association, recently held its annual dinner at Merimbula to recognise both horse and rider. Steven Clarke was awarded Champion rider, while Ian


A record number of campdrafters converged on Halls Creek at the weekend for the annual campdraft. Around 750 drafters packed out the remote Kimberley town in Western Australia; 100 more than last year, organisers say. Campdrafting was invented by cattle drovers and involves selecting a beast from a herd and driving it around a set

Champions of Paradise Lagoons

Thursday, 23 July 2015 by

TO be crowned the overall champion of champions at the Paradise Lagoons Campdraft held outside Rockhampton will be an unforgettable experience. That is according to Capella district campdrafter Steve Comiskey who was sashed the 2015 Paradise Lagoons Campdraft champion of champions – after a run-off between the winners of the seven other events. “It really

Legends of the Hill.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 by

Pictured is Cannon Hill stockman and Yarnspinner and auther of this story, Graham Daly.   G’DAY readers. Cannon Hill saleyards provided a fabulous training ground for potential camp horses – thousands of cattle at our disposal on any given day, good sized, well-built yards, all on ashes, which was safe in any weather, and to

TOP RIDE: Jason Wanstall and Diablo’s Destiny took out the Graeme Acton Restricted Open Draft. THERE was plenty of horsing around at the Paradise Lagoons Campdraft . The nation’s top riders put on a show at the annual competition, with Queensland securing their third consecutive Queensland Country Life State of Origin win. “It’s always a

PHOTO: Graeme’s son Tom Acton, wife Jenny Acton, Prime Minster Tony Abbott and brother Evan Acton unveiling a statue of the cattleman and founder of Paradise Lagoons Campdraft. (Amy McCosker) A bronze bust of the late founder of the Paradise Lagoons Campdraft, Graeme Acton, was unveiled on Saturday afternoon by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Grafton

It would not be quite fair to say that this year’s Glowalman Junior events across Wingham, Gloucester and Nabiac went off without a hitch but with 390 competitors, around 300 horses and 400 beasts it was always going to be a challenge. “It ran pretty smoothly considering what we had. There were a few incidences

Organisers of the Paradise Lagoons Campdraft, say the event will be bigger and better this year in memory of its founder, and of Australia’s best-known cattlemen, the late Graeme Acton. Cameron McIntyre is the chairman of the campdraft committee and a lifelong friend of Mr Acton, he said the event would be a bittersweet milestone.

ROCKHAMPTON’S Josh Smith dominated the scoreboard of the Cloncurry campdraft by winning the prestigious Classic Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge and the classic premiership at the weekend. Smith described winning the challenge aboard Mr Freckles Chic, owned by Kim Huxley, held from last Wednesday to Sunday as “the highlight of my career”. “I have been competing at

The annual Paradise Lagoons Campdraft will be held from today until Sunday with a number of events and competitions happening over the five days. Blair Angus is a regular competitor at the campdraft and is looking forward to this year’s event. ONE of Central Queensland’s most iconic events kicks off today as the region gears


Monday, 13 July 2015 by

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WITH the State of Origin rugby league complete for another year, there is one more State of Origin not to be missed. A State of Origin unique to Rockhampton. The Paradise Lagoons Campdraft begins next week, Wednesday, July 15, and the following Saturday night the highlight will again be the State of Origin showdown. Now

THE Mount Isa Campdraft was back in town at the newly refurbished grounds at Lagoon Creek in perfect weather last weekend. With competitors coming from Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales, and Victoria, including the current Australian Campdraft Association open champion, the competition was top class. From seasoned competitors’ to young children being led on

Drug company denies claims of stifling criticism as deadline looms for Hendra vaccine permit . Horse owners and vets are demanding the manufacturer of the Hendra vaccine release more information about the drug’s safety record, amidst claims the company is trying to stifle criticism. The company, Zoetis, has strongly denied the claims and urged horse

On ABC television ,Australian Story viewers voted Mac And Gayle’s love story as “Most Popular” in 2003. (Photo thanks to: Anthony Sines) Gayle and Mac Shann: Bush couple’s secrets to a happy marriage after horrific farming accident Love really can conquer all, with the successful marriage of one of Australia’s “most popular couples” proof a

THE Ensby family were some of the hundreds of people who felt the Maclean Campdraft came back with a bang after its five year spell. Ric Ensby won the encouragement draft on Peppy, the same horse he rode to victory at the Big River Campdraft in May. “My kids did most of the work on

Stockman’s Challenge draws near

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 by

THE countdown is on for one of the greatest performance horse events in Australia, the legendary 2015 Curley Cattle Transport Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge, to be held at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre from Wednesday, July 8 to Sunday, July 12. This year, the program will be bigger and better than ever, with an extra day of