After missing out on the chance to host their always popular Tumut Campdraft in December due to the wet weather, the Tumut Rodeo Club will have a second crack at running a bumper campdraft on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The three-day event promises to be a massive occasion too, with campdrafters visiting from all regions of the state when taking on the maiden, encouragement, junior, ladies, juvenile, and open events.
Tumut Rodeo Club Representative Sam Kerr explained that their event was so popular with competitors that they were forced to turn entries away.
“We got about 1600 entries, but we could only accept about 1400,” Kerr said.
“There hasn’t been much happening because of Covid, but it is good to be able to run something and let everyone catch up.”
It shapes as a big three days, with competition jumping off at 6am each day.
“They are big days. We are starting at 6am every morning, and we will run untill 6pm each night, except for Sunday,” Kerr said.
The chance to host an event is a massive boost for the Tumut Rodeo Club that has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and Kerr said a small but hardworking committee was ready and raring for the Tumut Campdraft.
“It’s good to be able to get out and about after a crappy couple of months with Covid and everything, plus it’s just good to connect people again,” Kerr said.
“That is what the sport is always about, it’s a family sport.
“It will be a big job, but we have a good committee, even though it is small, and everyone knows their job and we all work together to get it done.”
The Ross Webb Memorial open draft is the feature on the program and is well supported by the Cecil Piper maiden draft, Nola Jones ladies draft, Frank Coonan juvenile draft and the Walter Cribb novice draft.
“There is about 240 (entries) in the open, so there will be about 30 in the final on Saturday,” Kerr said.
“There should be some really good competition.”
Saturday night will see presentations and live music and Kerr said the Tumut Rodeo Club had a plan in place to maintain a Covid-safe event.
“We will have our Covid-19 safety plan with check in, social distancing, masks and we are all outside and we figure we are half safe,” Kerr said.
“We are just hoping for some common sense, because it is good to run an event so we can give back to the community because most of our profits go to our charity organisations.”
This weekend’s campdraft kicks off a busy period for the Tumut Rodeo Club, with the Tumut Rodeo and always popular Blondie Challenge following hot on the heels of this event in April.
Tumut Campdraft schedule
Friday – 6am start
Maiden 1 final
Maiden 2 final
Open for Open
Possibility of starting Ladies (approx. 50 runs)
Saturday – 6am start
Possibility of starting Novice (approx. 100runs)
Sunday – 6am start