by Felicity Ripper
CAMPDRAFT: Locals and visitors to the Burnett region enjoyed a great weekend of competition at Mt Perry's 2018 campdraft.
The two-day event, registered with the Australian Campdraft Association, took place over Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11.
Mt Perry Rodeo Committee's Rachael Fitzhenry said the event usually struggles to draw competitors and spectators.
"...but this year we struggled to fit them all in,” Ms Fitzhenry said.
Deemed Australia's best campdrafter, Pete Comiskey was a selling point for the event.
Comiskey currently holds the Ariat Champion Open Rider Title and is in the lead for the title again this season on 1932.27 points.
Matthew Moffat, Jesse Sammon and Jaiden Hill also competed, alongside Comiskey, as names to watch.
"We feel really privileged to have all these big names competing in our town,” Ms Fitzhenry said.
"It gives Mt Perry a good name and makes us proud when we can give back to the sport.”
Ms Fitzhenry and Campdraft President Peter Wallace stepped into the role of organising the Mt Perry Campdraft out of love for the sport but they can't pinpoint why this years event became such a success.
"It might just be that the sport is evolving so much and people are starting to take an interest in the competition,” Ms Fitzhenry said.
But campdrafts aren't only about the competition.
"Most of these families know each other really well because they come together every few weeks to share their passion at campdrafts across the country,” she said.