READY FOR ACTION: The Roma Campdraft Association are preparing for it's three-day campdraft next weekend.
READY FOR ACTION: The Roma Campdraft Association are preparing for it's three-day campdraft next weekend. Molly Hancock

Campdraft event numbers excel

Campdrafting: The Roma Campdraft Association are gearing up for one it's biggest weekends of the year.

The annual Roma Golden Hobbles Campdraft is set to hit the arena next weekend, with more than 1,100 competitors in the first round of runs.

This year's event cattle is supplied from the Maller family and Roma Downs.

Roma Campdraft president Andrew Bourke said they were extremely lucky to have so much cattle due to the dry conditions.

"We are very lucky to have cattle in such a dry period,” Mr Bourke said.

"I think there will be quiet a few people come out and support the event. It is a social outing for everyone and we are donating the money towards mental health, so hopefully it gets out there.”

The campdraft will kick off next Friday at 6.30am. On the Saturday campdrafting will be on for the day, with the bareback cut-out event in the evening.

"The drafting will finishing in the afternoon and because we don't have any lights we will have the bareback cut-out event in the rodeo arena under the lights.

"We will also be presenting a donation cheque to Aussie Helpers and the Men's Shed in Roma with the money we earned from last year's draft,” Mr Bourke said.

Mr Bourke said this year's event has had an overwhelming number of nominations.

"We have had big entries for this year's campdraft so we have had to put people on a wait list which is a good sign because everyone is wanting to come here,” he said.

To cater for as many competitors as possible the campdraft made the decision to have eight first round runs opposed to 10. The juvenile competitors are excluded from open age events but can nominate a second juvenile run.

Competitors from as far as Emerald are set to make the trek to Roma for the three-day event, as well as people from further west and the east.

This year the arena will provide quality standard as it was levelled this year with the support from the Maranoa Regional Council.

Cafe 54 will be catering.


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