Campdraft last weekend, rodeo this one

SKILLED HORESMAN: Local competitor Jade French in action during the campdraft last Sunday. He will be one of the pick-up riders at the annual Taralga rodeo this weekend. Photo: Jensol Photography
SKILLED HORESMAN: Local competitor Jade French in action during the campdraft last Sunday. He will be one of the pick-up riders at the annual Taralga rodeo this weekend. Photo: Jensol Photography

The second big weekend of Taralga’s Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association activities continues today, Australia Day, with cattle and yard dog trials at the showground starting at 8am and continuing through till about 4pm.

CONTROLLING THE BEAST: Troy Madden is another local cowboy who participated in the Campdraft and will be in the rodeo on Sunday. Photo: JenSol Photography

CONTROLLING THE BEAST: Troy Madden is another local cowboy who participated in the Campdraft and will be in the rodeo on Sunday. Photo: JenSol Photography

 Between about noon and 1pm the Australia Day address from Upper Lachlan’s Australia Day Ambassador will take place along with the awards presentations. Last weekend the Taralga Campdraft took place with maiden and novice events on Saturday. On Sunday Ladies, juvenile 13 years to under 17 years,  junior 8 to under 13 years and open competitions were held.

The event attracted horsemen, horsewomen and younger riders from around NSW, with a strong contingent of local campdrafting enthusiasts.  Despite the large out of control bushfire the campdraft continued last weekend, with the helicopters avoiding flying directly over the rodeo ground. There were some local competitors who had to turn their attention to the fires.

PUSHING HARD: Janelle Neale tries to head off the fast moving steer in the campdraft last weekend. Photo: JenSol Photography

PUSHING HARD: Janelle Neale tries to head off the fast moving steer in the campdraft last weekend. Photo: JenSol Photography

Many of the campdrafters will be back at the Taralga Showground for the annual Australia Day Weekend Rodeo. There is a gymkhana on Saturday morning from 9am to noon and the junior rodeo gets underway at 2pm running through till about 7pm.

 The main event, the annual Taralga Rodeo, is on Sunday, starting at 9am. Juvenile and novice events will be first up. with a break of about 30 minutes while the man versus,horse versus bike is held. Following will be the open events and continuation of the rough stock riding with the open bull ride featuring in the final third of the program.

Shana McLean will be competing in the Junior Barrel Racing this Saturday at Taralga.Photo: JenSol Photography

Shana McLean will be competing in the Junior Barrel Racing this Saturday at Taralga.Photo: JenSol Photography

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