Trangie Campdraft is back for 2019

GIDDY UP: After a year's hiatus the Trangie Campdraft is back for 2019. Photo: GRACE RYAN

GIDDY UP: After a year's hiatus the Trangie Campdraft is back for 2019. Photo: GRACE RYAN

After a year in hiatus the Trangie Campdraft is back for 2019.

Hosting this year's event on September 14-15, the campdraft is gearing up for another ripper weekend in Trangie, 78 kilometres north of Dubbo.

Despite the dry conditions secretary of the Trangie Campdraft committee Louise Hooper said they were fortunate enough to receive a number of cattle donations from the local area.

"We try and have one every year but it's just been dry," she said.

"This year we've been lucky enough to get cattle donors from around the local area who were happy and willing to let us borrow their cattle for a little bit."

"A lot of people say that they're mad running cattle around but it actually makes the cattle a lit bit quieter, the more you handle them and put them on trucks they get used to stuff and they're not as skittish.

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"They get used to getting handled, it's not a rough and tumble thing, we're not out there to hurt them, we're just working our horses."

Ms Hooper said she hoped the free event would draw people together to have a bit of fun, and is a great opportunity for people to show off their horses, especially as times have been tough.

"There's a lot of people out here with horses and who are interested in the sport, it's the fastest growing equine sport in Australia, and people just want to get out and have a bit of fun despite the terrible conditions," she said.

"We want to show [the horses] off. It's pretty depressing paying for all this hay and feed and they're sitting in the paddocking doing noting, so it's good to get them out and about as well.

"It's just nice we can get together and do that."

Saturday morning will start at 7am with the Maiden Draft for men, women and kids, followed by the encouragement draft for those who may just be starting out.

Then there will be the ladies event for those over 17 years followed by the open for open event which will showcase the best of the best.

Sunday will also begin at 7am with the junior draft for those aged 8-13 followed by the juveniles aged 13-17.

The campdraft will end with one of the biggest events of the weekend, the novice ride.

Ms Hooper thanked all their sponsors for their support especially those who donated cattle, and encouraged all members of the community to head down to the campdraft grounds for a family fun day out.

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