After being post-poned due to rain, the Warialda Campdraft Committee’s #jump4em fund-raiser went off without a hitch last month.
The three-day campdraft program kicked off on Friday, 20 October, attracting elite drafting competitors from across the state and other supporterstravellinglong distances from around Australia.
A prize pool upward of $10,000 drew in the riders, with around 800 runs over the weekend.
Warialda Campdraft Committee president, Ken Barnett, said it was an extraordinary weekend full of enthusiasm and
support for injured horse- rider and veterinary nurse, Emma Botfield.
“I would like to thank all the generous sponsors and cattle donors, along with everyone who came and competed and supported the weekend,” Mr Barnett said.
The fund-raising auction held on Saturday evening roped in more than $21,000, with some impressive items auctioned including a hand-crafted horse shoe sculpture and a helicopter joyflight. The dinner and auction drew a large crowd and demonstrated the generosity of country people.
Joe McKinnon, from Bundarra, took out the Moree Plains Shire Council Novice Draft, the Southeron Family Open Draft was won by Bill Tonkin, of Barraba, and the most emotional win of the weekend was by Jess Cormie, of Mudgee and formerly Coonabarabran, who won the KB Haulage and Duntulum Ladies Draft. Jess is a lifetime friend of Emma’s and has been by her side since her accident.
Events on the weekend also included a battle of the sexes drafting competition on Friday afternoon that saw the top 20 male and female riders go head-to-head for an entertaining battle, with the ladies taking the win.
The bareback cutout novelty event on Saturday drew a large crowd which witnessed some impressive riding and a few falls into the muddy cutout yard.
It has been three months since Emma Botfield’s life was turned upside down, after suffering a traumatic brain injury while horse-riding near her home in Moree.
All funds raised over the campdraft weekend will go towards the costs of Emma’s rehabilitation, however, Emma’s family is hoping to contribute some funds to an organisation that was instrumental in saving her life.
Emma’s mother, Jean- Mary Botfield, said she was overwhelmed at the generosity shown by Emma’s supporters.
“The weather was kind and the whole weekend had a good vibe,” Mrs Botfield said.
“It has recharged my batteries and I am even more committed to Emma’s rehabilitation.”
Emma has recently undergone further surgery at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, to repair her skull.
Winner of the Ladies Draft, Jess Cormie, of Mudgee, formerly of Coonabarabran, and her horse, Little John, with Emma Botfield.