Riders and enthusiasts can again start pencilling in events across New South Wales, with plans to get campdrafts and rodeos back underway from November.
- Plans are in place to get campdraft and rodeo events underway from November
- Events will be run in a COVID-safe way
- Small community clubs are welcoming the news
For the past few months, events have not been able to go ahead but the Australian Bushmen’s, Campdraft and Rodeo Association (ACBRA) has started planning its pathway back to success, following the government’s advice around easing restrictions once 70 per cent of the state population is fully vaccinated.
ABCRA executive officer Craig Young said there was still a lot of planning to be done to ensure events are COVID-safe, but it was good news for competitors.
“We’re following the government rules and regulations as they roll those out … some of it is a little bit grey at this point in time,” he said.
“We have started to get in touch with committees that normally run events in the later part of October, [and] November and December.
Annually the ABCRA conducts in excess of 500 events across the nation.
Point scoring to be extended
The ABCRA will also extend the 2021 national point score program until July 31 next year.
Mr Young said the extension is to ensure fairness, and for all competitors to have time to earn points and qualify for the national finals.
“From now through until then (July 31) we will be guaranteed that there will be at least a minimum of 12 months qualifying period for competitors for the national finals and end-of-year champion awards,” he said.
“It’s the fairest result for all those trying to qualify.”
Country draft set to go ahead
With the good news received, the Barraba Pony Club in the New England region is primed to go ahead.
The club has finally got its spring campdraft fundraiser back on the calendar, with the event set to go ahead on November 6 and 7.
Pony club President Jarrod Hannaford said it was something the whole community and the smallest of horse riders could look forward to.
Mr Hannaford said the pony club had not been able to host any events this year, and local kids were excited to get back in the saddle.
“We plan on doing a bit of sport for the kids, so they’ll get a bit of fun out of it.”
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