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Wellard Star of the West Campdraft Set for Big 2011

27 October 2011

Horse men and women from throughout Western Australia will be competing for more than $12,000 in prize money at the Wellard Star of the West Campdraft on November 11-13th at Boar Swamp on the McLarty family’s historic Blythewood property south of Pinjarra.

Following a successful shift to Pinjarra last year, Wellard is expecting another big event in 2011.

Competitors from Derby and Broome in the north to Esperance in the south will float and truck their horses to the Wellard Star of the West Campdraft, with more than 650 entries received to date. There will also be one entrant from NSW.

Entries are predicted to be at similar levels to last year with entrants from across the state competing in Maiden, Juvenile, Junior, Encouragement, Restricted, Novice, Ladies and Open drafts as well as a Cut-out Shoot-out.

“The Wellard Star of the West has quickly established itself on WA’s campdraft calendar,” Draft Co-ordinator Justin Morrissey said.

“It is a great event for competitors and spectators alike. There is action aplenty and great displays of horsemanship and stockmanship.

The highlight of the Wellard Star of the West will be the Restricted Open draft in the late afternoon of Saturday November 12th, which will be followed by the inaugural Battle of the Sexes draft when male and female competitors will display their horsemanship and battle for bragging rights under lights in front of a large crowd.

A blues band, the Cross Eyed Cats, will swing into action at the conclusion of the draft. There will also be face painting for the children on Saturday afternoon.

There will be a free sausage sizzle on Friday, November 11th with spectators and competitors invited to attend. A bar and trade stalls will operate across the weekend.

Mr Morrissey said more than 1200 cattle would be required to run the draft, from lines of Brahman and Droughtmaster cattle supplied by Wellard Rural Exports to softer Shorthorn and Friesian steers generously supplied by the McLarty family for the junior drafts.

The Wellard Star of the West judge this year is Neil Bryce from Katherine, Northern Territory.

Spectator entry is by gold coin donation, and all entrance proceeds will be gifted to the Shane Kempton charity, Kids Helping Kids.

Mr Morrissey said competitors in the Wellard Star of the West were competing for one of the biggest campdrafting prize pools in Western Australia, so competition would be intense.

More information is available at www.wellard.com.au

 

For further information please contact:

Justin Morrissey

Co-ordinator

Wellard Star of the West

Mob: 0400 240 424

www.wellard.com.au

 

For media inquiries including action photos from last year’s Wellard Star of the West contact:

Cameron Morse

Ph: 08 9386 1233

Mob: 0433 886 871

Email: cameron.morse@fticonsulting.com

 

Background – Campdrafting

Campdrafting is a sport where horse and rider select and manoeuvre a beast around a set course for a score out of 100. There are three areas that make up the scoring criteria.

The first is the camp where the pair select a beast from a mob of cattle in a small yard and demonstrate their ability to keep it separate from the mob. This is scored out of 26 and any score over 21 is considered a great score.

From there the yard gates are opened and the rider must move the beast in a set pattern around two pegs and then through a gate. This section is scored out of 70 points according to horsemanship and the ability of the pair to control the beast while completing the course. A score of 60 plus is a worthy score. The course must be completed in less than 50 seconds.

The final 4 points are allocated for rounding the two pegs and passing through the gate.

Campdrafting needs a combination of practice, skill and a little bit of luck. When the three sections’ points are added together any score in the eighties is more than competitive, with the 90 point mark being the Holy Grail for competitors.

Directions to Boar Swamp

  1. Proceed south from Pinjarra along South West Highway
  2. Turn Right onto Old Bunbury Rd
  3. Take first road on left (Boar Swamp Rd) and proceed 2km and watch for the signs

Background – Wellard Rural and Trading

Wellard is a world leader in the production and distribution of livestock and grain.

Its two largest subsidiaries are Wellard Rural Exports, Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner, and Wellard Agri, a large mixed farming land owner and operator specialising in the production of grains, legumes and livestock.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years, and its investment in the live export industry is without peer.  Based in Fremantle, the company’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.

The company’s flagship carrier, the MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), is a purpose-built livestock carrier capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle from Australia to major markets around the globe.  She was commissioned in 2002.

The MV Ocean Shearer (formerly the MV Stella Deneb) can carry 125,000 sheep or 23,000 cattle, or a combination of both.

Two new, technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback were launched in 2010.

Wellard Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 33,000 hectares across three agri-hubs. The two northern hubs are located at Dongara and Watheroo in Western Australia’s central midlands and one is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of WA.

The Dongara hub is home to The Grange, a 14,500 hectare property which is considered one of Western Australia’s blue chip farming properties.

The remaining landholding totals more than 18,000 hectares, of which 14,000 hectares is cropped to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 4000ha is devoted to sheep production, including the famous Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 14,500ha for livestock and grain production.

Wellard Agri also has operations in the farm machinery sector, through management of the CLAAS Harvest Centres at Katanning, Wongan Hills and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

For more information visit: www.wellard.com.au