Riding high in Comet

Comet River Cutting and Campdraft attracted big names and even bigger crowds.
Comet River Cutting and Campdraft attracted big names and even bigger crowds.

JUST try and wipe the smile off the face of Comet River Campdraft secretary Kerry Harrold.

With last weekend's four-day showpiece rated as the biggest in the event's history, why wouldn't he be smiling.

"I'm still recovering I know that much," Kerry said.

"That's got to be the biggest draft we've ever had in Comet."

A nudge over 1000 first round runs were held during the opening three days of competition, with close to 3000 cattle used for the cutting and campdraft events.

Springsure rider Pete O'Neill scooped the $2000 prize cheque as winner of the Lachlan Hornery Memorial Shoot Top 10 Shootout.

Taking the 10 best competitors from the Restricted Open, O'Neill blitzed the field to win with a hefty 94 points score.

"No one could run him down," Harrold said.

The shootout's 2010 winner Jason Wanstall put experience to good use to take out second place, while another former winner Ben Hall claimed third.

With six of the top 10 riders in Australia competing at the Comet River Campdraft, organisers certainly had big shoes to fill. But the big-time organisers showed they hadn't forgotten their small-town charm.

"Even though we've got some of the big names here, we still like to look after the small fellas," he said.

Harrold added that the praise couldn't be high enough for the quality of cattle on show at the weekend.

"The exceptional cattle line up made the draft the great success it was," he said.

"Some said it was the best cutting cattle they have seen in Australia all year. You can have all the facilities but it's the quality of cattle that make the draft and at Comet we have been spoilt for the last two years now."

The campdraft committee was trialling a new computerised nomination system which Harrold said worked like clockwork.

Dubbed Campdraft Central, the system performed all registrations online with draws sent out via SMS.

Wally Rae took out top honours in the Open Draft riding Revlon, followed closely by local rider Steve Comiskey on Glow.

The Comet Cutting Club was unavailable for comment.

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