Biggest Horton Rodeo & Campdraft ever

January 10, 2017

Organisers of the Upper Horton Campdraft and Rodeo were delighted with the sports over the New Year period, describing it as the “biggest ever”. “It was massive, with over 2000 entries in the first round draft, without finals,” Rodeo Committee President, Stewart Steiger, said.

“There were trucks everywhere, and they came from all over Australia, including Darwin, and other parts of the Northern Territory. “It was very hot, with 40 and 421 degree days.”

Stewart said that despite the heat, the competition went well, with a top quality line of cattle to work with. “I cannot thank the local producers enough for the quality cattle presented,” he said.

Winners were:-

  • Mitchell Steiger, encouragement campdraft rider
  • Tyler Kelly, junior campdraft rider
  • Dylan McKinnon, juvenile campdraft rider
  • Amelia Servin, ladies campdraft rider
  • Rodney McKinnon, open campdraft rider

Ninety rough riders took part in the rodeo, again, one of the biggest Upper Horton has seen.

Upper Horton bull rider

A bull rider takes a tumble at Upper Horton Rodeo. Photograph courtesy of Garry Voysey.

New Years Eve at the Upper Horton Sports Club has become a fixture. This year, the band , Hurricane Fall, entertained a huge crowd.  A team of local helpers pitched in to feed the visitors, and to keep the events running smoothly.

Sutcliffe Transport of Gunnedah did a mighty job of transporting stock for the event.

The Upper Horton Trust Sport and Recreational Ground held a monster raffle over New Year. It was a huge success raising over $4000, with support from many generous businesses that donated prizes.  All proceeds went to the Upper Horton Sport and Recreational Trust Ground making better working conditions for volunteers in all work stations on the grounds.