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Warwick campdraft

2013 Warwick Gold Cup

The Warwick Gold Cup is considered the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting and attracts competitors from across Australia. Inaugurated in 1929, the event holds a strong sense of tradition and a high level of competition.

Campdrafting originated in Australia and is the fastest growing equine sport nationally. It tests the skills of horse and rider in ‘cutting out’ a beast from a mob of cattle inside a ‘camp’ or yard.

In 2013, a total of 725 competitors started in the first round of the Gold Cup at Warwick, in southern Queensland. Only 187 riders made it to the second round and 32 riders lined up for the final. National Museum photographer Jason McCarthy followed competitors in the ring and behind the scenes, capturing the affection and cooperation between horses and riders, and their skills in competition.

Click on the images below for a larger version and more information on the 2013 Warwick Gold Cup

  • A competitor rounds the second peg in front of the C E Barnes Stand at the Warwick Showgrounds.
    Rounding a peg
  • Some of the cattle being moved across the course.
    Moving the cattle
  • The course is raked and watered, preparing the surface for competition.
    Preparing the course
  • A sign with the text 'Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft 2013'.
    Set for the start
  • Spectators around the show ring, with many seated beside the camp, behind the commentators box where they can see all the action.
    Watching the action
  • Competitors awaiting their turn by the camp, during a wet morning of campdrafting.
    Awaiting a turn
  • Competitors line up in the arena prior to the Frasers Livestock Transport Stallion Draft.
    Lining up
  • Competitors waiting their turn line up beside the camp, watching the action to see how the cattle are moving to aid their selection.
    Watching the camp
  • A draw sign indicating number 632
    Following the draw
  • While in the line-up, competitors waiting their turn watch the action in camp.
    Watching the action
  • The campdrafting is watched by spectators around the show ring, with many seated beside the camp, behind the commentators box where they can see all the action.
    Watching the campdrafting
  • A spectator watching through the camp railings.
    Through the railings
  • Spectators at the bar.
    From the bar
  • The judge on horseback
    Watching on horseback
  • Competition footage beingbroadcast on a big screen at the back of the ring.
    Watching on screen
  • Nigel Kable riding Chevin Marypoppins, looks at the cattle to choose a beast for the cut out.
    Choosing a beast
  • Karl Burton riding Two Timin Chic separates one beast from the mob.
    Separating a beast
  • Wally Rea riding Dr Phil control their beast that looks to escape and head back to the mob.
    Controlling the beast
  • Ann Fraser riding Glenpark Bea control their beast that looks to escape and head back to the mob.
    Controlling the beast
  • Karl Burton riding Two Timin’ Chic control their beast that looks to escape and head back to the mob.
    Controlling the beast
  • Ian Glasby riding Knights Nicholas work their beast at the front of the camp, illustrating control for a score from the judge.
    Working the beast
  • Ian Glasby riding Knights Nicholas call for the gate to be open and head out on course.
    Opening the gate
  • Charlie Colless and Merlene head through the gate and out on course.
    On course
  • Charlie Colless and Merlene head through the gate and out on course.
    Through the gate
  • Brent Flanagan and Constrictor heading for the second peg..
    Rounding the pegs
  • Peter Knudsen riding Xena.
    Riding Xena
  • Peter Gesler riding Possum Sue
    Riding Possum Sue
  •  Beau Frame riding Matilda Oak.
    Riding Matilda Oak
  • Clayton Comiskey riding Possum.
    Riding Possum
  • Craig Radke riding Set.
    Riding Set
  • Ben Maytom riding Bush Fire Jovi.
    Riding Bush Fire Jovi
  • Riding Ardno Top Shot
    Riding Ardno Top Shot
  • Riding Conductor
    Riding Conductor
  • Riding Impressive Destiny
    Riding Impressive Destiny
  • Wayne Olive and Connection guide the beast around the second peg and head for finish gate.
    Guiding the beast
  • Terry Hall and Duloc Midnight Run guide a beast through the final gate to complete their run.
    Completing the course
  • Wally Rea riding Revlon approaches the gate.
    Approaching the gate
  • Wally Rea and Revlon safely guide the beast through the gate.
    Through the final gate
  • Ben Hall riding Footloose guide the beast through the gate.
    Through the final gate
  • Having completed their run, Terry Hall and Hazlewood Conman head for a warm down.
    Heading for a warm down
  • Horses rested and grazing between competitions in pens beside their owners caravans and campsites.
    Resting and grazing
  • Ben Tapp brushes Cool Dust prior to competing.
    Brushing Cool Dust
  • Christine Hall attends to Hazelwood Conman’s rug and fly veil in his pen.
    Attending to the horses
  • Christine Hall with some of the saddles and tack used by herself and husband Terry Hall.
    Handling the saddles
  • Living the campdrafting life: Ben Hall saddling Just Like Jess preparing for competition.
    Preparing for competition
  • Victorian Michael Hiscock riding Hazelwood Advice won the 2013 Warwick Gold Cup.
    Gold Cup winner
  •  A saddle made by Tony Gifford Saddlery
    Prize saddle
  • Mac Shann riding Daddy’s Girl.
    Most consistent
  • Prizewinning riders on their horses.
    Finalists
  • Finalists lining up
    Line up

Campdrafting

In campdrafting competition, horse and rider are awarded points for their work to control the beast as they move it out of the yard and around a set course consisting of two pegs and a gate in an allotted time of 40 seconds.  

The sport is a great leveller, with every competitor an equal chance to win where success is based as much on the performance of the cattle as the best efforts of the horse and rider. The highest scoring competitors from one round can bow out early in the next round if they select an uncooperative beast.

With more than 2000 head required for the week of competition, sourcing cattle and maintaining standards of performance across the rounds is a difficult task.

More

'Campdraft and rodeo in Warwick' post on our People & Environment blog


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