Campdrafting is a uniquely Australian equestrian discipline, dominated by Australian Stock Horses. Campdrafting involves a rider entering a “camp” (yard) which contains six to eight head of cattle. The rider cuts out (separates) one beast from the others and brings it to the front of the camp. Working the beast (blocking/turning), two or three times to prove that the rider has the beast under control. The rider then calls for the gates to be opened. The rider proceeds to work the beast around a course in a larger arena. Once completed, the rider guides the beast through two pegs that are placed apart to finish the campdraft. Points are awarded for horsemanship and control of the beast within the set time limits.
The Maiden Campdraft Series consists of two rounds plus a final. Points are awarded for Horse Work (out of 70), Cut Out (out of 26) and Course (out of 4), to give a maximum of 100 points.
The course consists of two pegs and a gate and can be either a left or right-handed course at the discretion of the judge. Points are awarded for horsemanship and control of the beast around the
course within the time limit of 40 seconds. The competitor is allowed two attempts at each peg.
A competitor is judged on the speed and skill of their riding around the course. The first peg of the course must be completed in order for the competitor to receive any horse work points.
The competitor cuts out a beast from the cattle in the camp (yard) and brings that beast to the front of the camp. The rider shows to the judge that he/she has the beast under control and can hold the beast from the mob.
For further details on the competition, please visit the Competitors Page