Showjumping and campdrafting on display at the Glen Innes Show

HORSE SPORTS: Campdrafting is just one of the equestrian disciplines on offer at the Glen Innes Show this weekend.
HORSE SPORTS: Campdrafting is just one of the equestrian disciplines on offer at the Glen Innes Show this weekend.

It will be a showcase of the best from two very different equestrian sports on Sunday, February 11, as showjumpers and campdrafters square off in their chosen disciplines. 

For the young riders and horses through to the country’s top combinations, both disciplines will have something for everyone. 

There will be showjump on Saturday and Sunday with classes for the under 13s through to the big 1.3-metre and higher Grand Prix jumps.

The campdraft on Sunday is set to be a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on encouraging locals and those who haven’t tried the sport to give it a go. 

Glen Innes campdraft association president John Matthewson said it will be a fun event on a much lower scale than the recent national finals. 

“The people that come to the show draft are more committee members and local cattle donors and just people that enjoy the sport,” he said.

“It is a little bit unfortunate this year we clash with the Landmark Classic Sale and Campdraft so it has taken a lot of competitors but in saying that, it is a nice, easygoing day that the committee come and can enjoy it without working like we had to at the championships.”

While they may not attract some of the dedicated and die-hard campdrafters, Matthewson said the less pressurised environment could encourage newcomers and first-timers to have a go. 

“People that go to the team penning that don't do many drafts, it is a day where they can come and it is not an expensive day, it is more of an inviting environment for families and to the sport itself on a low-key basis,” he said. 

”It starts on the Sunday morning and there will be showjumping on at the same time so it is proper equestrian day for a few spectators to come and watch a bit of both. It is just a good, fun day.”

Classes in the show ring begin on Friday with breed, hack, hunter, ridden, led classes and more. There will also be events on Saturday. 

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