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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 5 News BUILDING AGRICULTURAL TIES WITH CHINA CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) seeks applications from groups in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors looking to enhance cooperation and develop linkages with China, including: • farm, forestry, aquaculture and seafood enterprises • industry groups • rural and regional associations • education, research and academic institutions. Under the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA), six delegations of four Australians will visit China between 1 January 2012 and 30 June 2013 for two weeks. Most expenses including flights and accommodation will be covered. For further information and application forms contact DAFF at: Website: www.daff.gov.au/acaca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 1800 019 193 Applications close 5.00pm AEST Friday 27 May 2011. AG43160 in cunning cattle SLIPPERY: Tony Parker and Remy give it their all. CHALLENGE: Annette Laycock and her horse Freckles Bosco proved hard to beat at last weekend's Tasmanian campdrafting championship- s at Powranna. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR KAROLIN MacGREGOR COMPETITORS from across the state gathered at Powranna last weekend for the annual Tasmanian Campdrafting State Championships. The championships come after a successful season of campdrafting which kicked off during spring last year. To qualify to compete at the cham- pionships riders and their horses must have competed at a minimum of three drafts throughout the season. During Saturday's competition program judges Ian and Donna Atthow from Kilkivan in Queensland were kept busy with about 130 runs during the day. Cattle for the event were supplied by Tasmania Feedlot and provided riders and their horses with plenty of chal- lenges. Fast and tricky cattle made riders earn their wins and places. The competition is divided into sev- eral categories to cater for riders of all ages and abilities. Association secretary Lynne Lucas said at this year's championships they had riders ranging from eight to 75 years old. ''It's a great sport because your horse doesn't have to be super fit like it does for other things like endurance or polocrosse,'' Ms Lucas said. ''With campdrafting, obviously the more work you put in the better...you can come along for a nice fun social day though and not put yourself or your horse under too much stress.'' The day's program kicked off with the junior class for riders between the age of 8 and 13 years old which was won by Kurt Laycock and his horse Ross- more Badger with a score of 19. Second place was taken out by Bailey Elias riding his mother Theresa Elias's Australian Stock Horse BV Shania with 16 points. Just one point behind in third place was his sister Georgia Elias and her talented pony Prancer. In the juvenile draft, Ashton Brown and his Quarter Horse Hank were the ones to beat, taking out first place with a score of 18, followed by Ebony Rundle and Drummer with 17 points. Eleven riders competed in this year's futurity event which is aimed at newcomers to the sport and less experi- enced horses. After two rounds, Alex Miles and Buttons won the futurity on 82 points with Ann Wright and Jazz in second place with 81 points and Rob Miles and Bill Bailey finished third with a score of 40.Competition was also tough in the novice draft which was convincingly won by Margie Osbourne and Mack with a score of 86. In second place was Annette Laycock and Wildraft Shark with a score of 40, while Ben Grubb and Berragoon Will- ing came third with their score of 37. In the ladies draft, Annette Laycock and her Quarter Horse Freckles Bosco started what was to become a highly successful day by winning with a score of 43 after two rounds. Ann Wright and Australian Stock Horse Remy were not far behind in second place with 41 and Annette Laycock picked up third place with her Australian Stock Horse Wildraft Shark after being awarded a score of 40. In the men's draft some determined riding in the first round saw Rob Canning and Lana earn a total score of 97, enough to win them the class. In second place was Ben Grubb and Australian Stock Horse GLR Essential with 90, while Rob Miles and Bill Bailey finished third with 76 points. In the much-anticipated open draft, it was Annette Laycock that once again came out on top with her horse Freckles Bosco and a winning score of 43 points after two rounds. Equal second place was taken out by Jinx Hogarth and Icarus, Rob Canning and Lana and Ben Grubb and GLR Essential, all with scores of 41. In the restricted open section, Annet- te Laycock and Freckles Bosco were once again the winners topping of a very successful day for her and son Kurt Laycock who won the junior section. Tony Parker and the talented Aust- ralian Stock Horse Remy also finished on a high note taking home second place with 42 points. Long time campdrafting competitor Sandra Morris and her very experi- enced Australian Stock Horse mare GI Jane finished in equal third place along with Ben Grubb and GLR Essential, both with a score of 41. Ms Lucas said with the number of campdrafting competitors increasing each year, the future of the sport in Tasmania looked bright. ''We're getting more and more mem- bers because I think people are looking for something different to do with their horses,'' she said. ''Campdrafting is a lot of fun and there is a really good social side to it as well, you meet people from all over the place.'' An end-of-season presentation dinner will be held on May 21 at the Queens Head Inn at Perth. Anyone interested in attending should contact Ms Lucas on 0458 489 231. FANCY FOOTWORK: Jack Murrell and his horse Rosebrook Spike, from the Central Coast Polocrosse Club's B grade team, at full stretch during their winning game against the Northern club at last weekend's polocrosse state finals. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR
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