Judge Drew Currie presents under-13 riders with their winning ribbons.
Judge Drew Currie presents under-13 riders with their winning ribbons.

Capella competition a worthy Challenge

GRACEMERE rider Josh Smith could hardly put a foot, or hoof, wrong at the Capella Challenge and Campdraft at the weekend.

His solid performance was enough to take out the Open Challenge title and claim the admiration from those ringside.

“It was wonderful to see the level of horsemanship he displayed. His spins were accurate and sliding stops dead-on,” Capella campdraft secretary Barbara Challacombe said.

The challenge and campdraft winners honours were at a premium with numbers “way up”, Barbara said, for this year’s event.

“We had over 50 riders in the Rookie Challenge alone,” she said.

Capella helicopter pilot and Barbara’s son, Lee, was also in the thick of action taking home the Rookie title after a last minute decision to saddle up in the competition.

“He just pulled it out and gave it a run,” Barbara said of Lee’s causal winning style.

“He did exceptionally well.”

Will Kehl from Springsure secured top honours in the Futurity Campdraft, while Wally Rae won both the Open and Novice drafts to take their share of the $12,000 in prizemoney on offer for the weekend’s competition.


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