(Note that Campdraft will not be held in 2019 due to drought reduced cattle numbers.)
Campdraft is a uniquely Australian equine sport with its origins in rural Queensland in the early twentieth century. The sport evolved from the drover’s task of ‘cutting out’ selected cattle from the mob. This skill became a point of competition.
In the modern sport a rider nominates a beast from a yarded mob and then drives it through a set of markers in a figure eight concluding with a 180 degree turn and finishing through a gate. Points are allotted for time, horse work and tightness of circuit.
Mallanganee has its own dedicated Campdraft area approximately 2km west of the village on the south side of the Bruxner Highway.
Campdraft is held annually at Mallanganee usually on the weekend after the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. Events usually commence at lunchtime the Friday prior.
Between 1200 and 1300 head of cattle are trucked in from properties between Bonalbo, Tabulam and Casino.
Mallanganee riders (who can be as young as 12) have demonstrated their prowess in Australia wide competitions with Stephen Hill, Lloyd Brown each winning Gold Cups and Laurie Mills three.
All are welcome to enjoy the excitement as over 200 riders demonstrate their riding and cattle skills.
Admission is free. Park in the grounds.
Refreshments and bar (beer & spirits) plus hamburgers, big breakfasts, pies, sausage roles, sandwiches, tea coffee, cakes (coffee van) and soft drinks are available to help you enjoy a great day out in the country.
For more information please contact:
and to enter,
We look forward to seeing you at our next Campdraft in June 2020.