Riders brave cold in Hughenden draft

COMPETITORS braved cold conditions to contest this year's Hughenden Campdraft last weekend.

With almost 1000 nominations and nearly 200 competitors, it was a big "campdraft loving" crowd according to organisers, who labelled it another highly successful event.

The temperature dropped to -0.5 on Sunday morning, but with heaters at the bar many enjoyed the festivities into the night.

High quality cattle ensured the Hughenden Campdraft was again a success - with a topline head of 1500 cattle donated by the Mann Family at Hillgrove Pastoral Company.

The cattle were walked and trucked in from nearby Reay Station, with a strong, consistent line of steers and heifers allowing for many scores in the high 80s.

The finals showcased the sport at its best with a large team of volunteers pulling together to organise and manage the event.

There was a new addition to this year's program was the Tony Kendall Outstanding Horse of the Weekend Trophy, which was presented in memory of Hughenden Campdrafter Tony Kendall who passed away in January.

The trophy was judged by a selection panel and awarded to Norma Jean who is owned and ridden by Peter Weston.

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