Campdraft finals dodge rainEliza Rogers and Laura Hegarty, Monday April 14, 2014 - 14:22 EST
Hundreds of horse riders converged on the small north Queensland town of Nebo last week amid turbulent weather to compete in the national campdraft finals.
Organisers did have to fast track events on Friday to avoid the rain, but it was in fact dry weather that kept some competitors away.
The annual campdraft circuit suffered an unprecedented quiet start this year, as drought conditions left would-be competitors with little time and money, and suitable campdraft stock hard to come by.
President of the Australian Campdraft Association, Ian Atthow, says the turnout of 1,500 first-round riders was decent, but it could have been higher.
"The dry weather has kept a considerable amount of people away; further out areas that would have liked to have come."
Nebo rider Pete Comiskey took out the ACA open rider title for the 20th year in a row.
He accrued points for the award throughout the year, attending up to 35 drafts.
He says it's been fun to have the finals back in his town for the first time in 30 years.
"To have the Australian national titles here in Nebo is a great thing... it's a huge honour to have it in my local town."
Ben Hall won the the open campdrafter title in the finals.
© ABC 2014
More breaking news
Grantham floods inquiry: Denis Wagner considers legal options after report finds quarry impact 'insignificant'
The former owner of the Grantham quarry is considering his legal options after an inquiry found it did not contribute to the town's deadly 2011 floods.
The Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry has ruled the Grantham quarry played little role in the deadly 2011 flood and its owners were unjustly blamed.
The aurora australis has put on a colourful show over parts of southern Victoria and Tasmania overnight.