Quote 4the day: when you hit that brick wall simply turn to your four legged friend for the answer. You relax as they do and answers to your questions soon follow..
Fact 4the day: Campdrafting is a unique Australian sport involving a horse and rider working cattle. The riding style is like that of Western riding and the event is somewhat related to the American events such as cutting, working cow horse, team penning, and ranch sorting.
In the competition, a rider on horseback must "cut out" one beast from the mob of cattle in the yard or "camp" and block an...d turn that beast at least two or three times to prove to the judge that they have the beast under control; then take it out of the yard and through a course around pegs involving right and left hand turns in a figure eight, before guiding it through two pegs known as "the gate". The outside course must be completed in less than 40 seconds. Events for juniors 8 years and under 13 years have one sound beast in the camp. In other events it is recommended that there shall be a minimum of six head of sound stock in the camp at any time.
Up to a total of 100 points are scored by horse and rider: "Cut out" is worth a total of 26 points; horse work up to a further 70 points; and 4 points for the course. Most disqualifications (signalled by a crack of the judge's stockwhip) occur when a competitor loses his beast more than twice on the camp; losing control of the beast in the arena or running a beast onto the arena fence. A “tail turn” executed by a horse in the opposite direction of the beast's line of travel also incurs disqualification at any stage of the draft.
The sport requires consummate skill and horsemanship, and the skill in selecting a beast from the mob that will run well, but is not too fast for that particular horse. Great prestige is bestowed on the winning horse and rider of the competition.
Thought 4the day: Over the years i have met horses with many 'quirks' or 'issues' that have been made this way by humans and what life has had to throw at them. I know and am aware that you do get the very odd horse that is born this way but the ones that have been coming to us are made this way. It takes time and effort and patiance to help these guys but can take a split second to return them back to the safe place in their head where noone can or will hurt/touch them. Trust takes along to build but a split second to lose. Always think about your actions before you do them as you could lose everything in that one second...