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Campdraft finals dodge rain

Eliza Rogers and Laura Hegarty, Monday April 14, 2014 - 14:22 EST
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Pete Comiskey from Nebo took out the ACA open rider title for the 20th year in a row. - ABC

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

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