RIDING HIGH: Novice riders line up for their round in the arena at the Warrego Campdraft.
RIDING HIGH: Novice riders line up for their round in the arena at the Warrego Campdraft. Contributed

Campdrafting runs in the family

The McPhees are a family of keen campdrafters who do more than ride together.

They were one of the many local families busy behind the scenes at the Warrego Campdraft in Charleville.

In the lead-up to last weekend's event, Kylie McPhee was working as secretary and husband Campbell was in a unique position as a sponsor, competitor and volunteer for the annual draft.

"While I've been managing director of Western Meat Exporters, we have sponsored the draft for the past eight years,” MrMcPhee said.

"Then I volunteer doing anything the draft needs.

"Grounds preparation is the main thing I look after, and any assistance they need for moving cattle, rubbish removal, water trucking or delivering hay.”

In the arena, daughter Josie scored highest among the family, placing 4th in the juvenile round, and son John placed 9th.

Campbell and Kylie entered the novice and open drafts.

Mr McPhee credits his wife for the encouragement to get behind the sport, and he is glad they did.

"I really enjoy campdrafting but my wife is the one who is fully dedicated,” he said. I'm more of a casual competitor and the kids enjoy it too,” he said.

"Kylie got us all into her sport. "She had us involved with running other drafts before we came to Charleville and moving to a new town meant another draft to be involved with.

"But in Charleville in particular it has been special to watch our kids come of age and become good community citizens while working the yards.”


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