Wilson stars at Boggabri draft

Emerald Hill campdrafter Michael Wilson didn’t think his results could get much better than a blistering first round run of 90 at last weekend’s Boggabri Campdraft.

Riding the locally-bred Bluejay Justine, Wilson improved again on his sensational start with an unbeatable final round of 91 to take out the $5000 Boggabri Coal Open Country Cup feature event.

“Everything just fell into place for me,” a humble Wilson said.

“It was a great first round but it means nothing if you don’t back it up.”

The father of two, who has been on his Emerald Hill property for the last 12 years, was quick to return to the competition circuit for another campdraft in Tamworth this week.

Justine was one of many outstanding performers in Boggabri from the Wilson stable sired by his stallion Soda Justice.

The Restricted Open Draft was won convincingly by Todd Hammond and his horse Moore Tassa.

The new event was the $500 AG-Freight Top-10 winner take all shoot-out, with the top five scorers from the two open drafts qualifying.

It was won by Gunnedah’s Lindsay Knight with a ripping 90 points, riding his own bred horse Bloodwood.

The Suncorp Agribusiness Novice Draft was snapped up by Baan Baa’s Craig Ervine and his locally-bred stallion Clarke Family Review.

Ervine is continuing his fine form after backing up from his Maules Creek Novice victory last month.

Paddy Campbell from Manilla was an excited winner of the ladies spoils and was presented with a kiss from sponsor Roger Davies CHPPMS and Jim Lyons Agencies.

Boggabri RSL sponsored the $1000 Maiden Draft won by Narrabri’s Rod Fordham and his talented mare Mrs Brown.

Rod also took home the Novice Highest Cut Out win with an outstanding display.

Gunnedah’s Chloe Smith proved the most consistent in the multi-disciplined Juvenile Challenge event and placed fourth on her second horse.

Young Georgie Shields from Baan Baa dominated the Junior Challenge riding Beau and also took the second place ribbon home with Bluey.

The committee was again fortunate to have the line of cattle for the competition supplied by Minnamurra Pastoral Company and Denis Power.

Boggabri Pony Club supplied the meals all weekend and prizes were sponsored by Davidson Cameron and Co, CE Training, Gunnedah, Richards Metaland, Rod Stevens Saddles, Narrabri, and Mike Petrie Campdraft Supplies.

An especially big effort was made by Marty Burridge from Robson Civil who flew the prizes in on Saturday morning landing his plane next door to personally deliver them.

A great weekend was had by all, with 1100 first round runs and competitors travelling from as far as Kilkevan near Kingaroy in Queensland and one female rider from Tasmania.

Top performer. Boggabri open draft winner, Michael Wilson, in action. Photo courtesy Debbie Sadler.

Michael Wilson with his winnings from the Boggabri draft. Photo courtesy Debbie Sadler.

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