Steve Comiskey on his way to winning the 2018 Gold Cup campdraft at the Warwick Showgrounds.
Steve Comiskey on his way to winning the 2018 Gold Cup campdraft at the Warwick Showgrounds.

Riders get ready to strike Gold

PRESTIGE of the highest order is afforded to the winner of the Gold Cup Campdraft and this year’s event is again expected to spark fierce competition in Warwick.

With only a few weeks remaining until the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft commences, competitors from around the country are finalising their preparations in anticipation of the event.

Bill Bright, campdraft chairman for the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society, said nominations for the October 21-27 event are looking good.

“The numbers are up slightly this year, but I would say that we have roughly the same number of entrants as we did last year,” Mr Bright said.

“I think that it’s going to be a really tough competition this year.

“A lot of the riders are looking in really good form, which is great for the overall week.”

The Gold Cup campdraft is rated by many as the national championship and Bright said riders from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have already nominated.

“It’s the biggest and most prestigious campdrafting event in the world — it’s the one that anyone who is in the sport wants to win,” he said.

Despite the trying conditions that many in the rural community are facing, Bright said the campdraft community is stronger than ever.

“I think the popularity of the sport, even in difficult times like this, is important. It’s a valuable recreational activity that people can get involved in,” he said

“It’s an extremely social sport and it gives people a chance to meet up all around the country.

“Having such a large Australian community, many people would only get to see each other once a year.”