Campdrafters stir up dust at Maldon

HORSES, riders and cattle descended on Maldon Racecourse on the long weekend for the annual Maldon Campdraft.

Spokeswoman and Maldon competitor Sarah Long said the 40th Maldon Campdraft was "fantastic - one of the best drafts we've ever run".

"The weather was superb. We couldn't have asked for anything better," she said.

"There were heaps of spectators which was good to see."

150 riders from across southern Australia competed for prizes including horse rugs, stock whips, trophy clocks, vouchers and bags of chaff. 

Ms Long, who has been campdrafting for 14 years, said the sport was growing at a rate of 17 per cent each year in the Southern Campdrafting Association.

More than 800 cattle from within a 120km radius were used in the weekend's competitions which ranged from maiden and novice to to open categories.

The Southern Campdrafting Association has 45 camp drafts a year between February and April.

The next camp draft is at Lockington this weekend.

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