Cowboys, girls head to Calliope Campdraft

CENTRAL Queensland horseriders will saddle up when more than 700 competitors pit their skills against 1000 head of cattle at Calliope Racecourse in the Coates Hire Calliope Gold Goblet Campdraft this weekend.

Calliope and Districts Campdraft Association secretary Chris Christensen said there was a long waiting list of people to compete.

"It's limited by the cattle," he said.

Mr Christensen said the appearance of current Australian Campdraft Association champion Matthew Moffat would draw big crowds.

"Everyone knows that he's won the title and would like to see a title-holder in action," Mr Moffat said.

"It's good for competitors and the crowd.

"There are many locals competing this year who are trying for the first time."

Competitors will come from as far south as Dunbar, west to Roma and north to Mackay.

The SES and Palliative Care Gladstone will be the beneficiaries of the event.

There will be junior and juvenile events on Saturday and novice and opens on Sunday, from 6.30am to late.

Mr Christensen said good old fashioned country skills would be on display.

The unique Australian sport is a throwback to the days when cattle buyers would go to a property to select beasts for market.

As riders got better it became a competition and is now the second biggest horse sport in Australia.

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