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Friday, April 24, 2015

Cattle, horses and fierce competition

  

We could see the dust rising from the outback arena long before we arrived at the Topar Campdraft on a hot autumn day, earlier this month.  I have written in a previous post about the popularity of horse events in the bush.  People travel from far and wide to participate, usually camping onsite with their horses and making a whole weekend of it.  Hardworking local volunteers dedicate days of their time to run these events and the whole community benefits both socially and financially.  

Days like this tend to be gritty, sweaty and very dusty but no one seems to mind, this simply adds to the atmosphere. The fierce competition between cattle, horses and riders makes for an exciting day out. 


The mature riders were impressive in their focus, confidence and horsemanship.


The younger riders were equally impressive with their talent, courage and horsey camaraderie. 



Our Annabelle participated bravely on her horse in the novelty events for the young riders.


Our children are lucky to have easy access to horses and through this they have some pretty unique opportunities.  Travelling with children and horses does not occur without a fair amount of organisation, effort and commitment but these years are precious and they are flying by.  

Have you attended something unique with your children lately?

It is almost always worth the effort isn't it?

**Campdrafting is a sport involving both cattle and horses.  Naturally, Wikipedia provides a more technical explanation for anyone who is interested. 

16 comments :

  1. campdrafting sure is very popular now days..........shame the drought has caused some to be cancelled.............

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    1. So true, some campdrafting events in our area have been cancelled recently too.

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  2. Oh what fun and wonderful opportunity. Campdrafting is pretty popular in our town.

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    1. Thanks Erin, it is a unique sport isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Naomi, love your photography feedback x

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  4. Great photos Jane - the one with the cow is my favourite. Looks like there was some beautiful horses were there.
    Hope you're having a good weekend,
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah...I just cant help myself when it comes to taking photos of horses x

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  5. Gosh I've never forgotten that dust. I was SUCH a dirty child!

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    1. Good old healthy dust! Thanks for calling in x

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  6. That looks a lot fun Jane - I've never seen anything like that over here. Did you take part too? Love the action shots.

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    1. Thanks Anne, I didn't take part as such...but I am responsible for getting our young rider and her horse to the right place at the right time, not to mention keeping up drinks and food for both horse and rider and other general logistics. Also, photography! x

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  7. posts like this jane (well in truth, just about all your posts) make me think "this is REAL life". I can only imagine the commitment to organising an event like this - thinking about the animals as well as the people.

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    1. You are very kind e. This is certainly real life for us, or part of it! Of course everyone has a different reality! I always appreciate your thoughtful comments.

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  8. I've never heard that term before Jane, campdraft. Such a different childhood our kids are getting, it's quite fascinating when you think about it. The neighbour kids have been playing under a fallen tree here (from the storms last week) huge tree that came down and finally all the kids get to go a bit feral. Most exciting for them all, and all the adults, as they just get to sit back and chat while the kids play....like I said completely different childhoods! :-)

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    1. Yes, such a different life in so many ways Brydie. Yet, so many similarities too. The fallen tree sounds wonderful, these sorts of things are often best kind of entertainment aren't they? x

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane