AFTER a dry 2018 full of cancellations, Barraba will finally host a campdraft event on Saturday.
More than 500 riders are expected to compete at the Barraba Showgrounds across a number of different categories.
Barraba Pony Club president Jarrod Hannaford said it was “so good to be back together” for Saturday’s event.
“After a tough year this event will have a strong focus on locals and families,” Hannaford said.
“It’s a really great way to bring the community together and we have been lucky to have such strong support from local cattle suppliers to help put on the event.”
Saturday’s campdraft will mark Barraba’s first event since cancelling their annual show campdraft in March.
“It was disappointing to have to cancel earlier this year,” Hannaford said.
“We weren’t alone in regards to cancelling our event as many others around the region had to do the same because of the dry.
“However, we are back now and we have seen strong interest in this event with over 500 riders involved.”
Hannaford said the packed event would feature “more sporting events” for younger riders.
“We did have to cap the participants at 500 after we received more than 900 entries,” he said.
“There’s no doubt the amount of entries is related to so many campdraft events being cancelled in recent times.
“That’s why we are really focused on making this an event for the whole family and including a few more sporting events for the kids.”
There will be plenty of action away from the arena with family entertainment on offer throughout the day.
“We are very lucky to have the Barraba Show Society, pony club and Barraba Rotary Club combining for Saturday’s event,” Hannaford said.
“There will be food and drinks throughout the day and hopefully it can be a good way for all three clubs to raise a little bit of money.”
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