Campdraft is one of the fastest growing horse sports and Skipton and District Campdraft Club invite you to come along to help celebrate their 21st event

Three generations of several families will saddle up for the Skipton and District Campdraft this weekend.

The unique family sport challenges horses and riders to show their teamwork as they cut a cow out of a herd and muster it through a course.

“Campdrafting is a unique Australian horse sport, which has been in existence since the 19th century, however still relatively unknown in southern Australia. It comes from the old mustering days of outback Australia,” said Skipton and District Campdraft Club president David Murphy.

“It is currently one of the fastest growing horse events in Australia, attracting riders to test their horse riding and stock handling skills in a fun, competitive environment.”

Mr Murphy said about 150 competitors would travel from around South Australia, Victoria and southern NSW for the annual event, which this year chalks up its 21st year.

Competitors range in age from eight to more than 80 years old, with Mr Murphy aware of several families where three generations will be competing over the weekend.

“It’s such a family oriented sport and that’s what draws people in to it,” Mr Murphy said.

“The number of spectators who just come to have a look is also growing each year, and we get a lot of people from other horse sports who come and have a look, like the environment and decide to join.”

The event also raises funds for local schools, CFA branches and the local hospital with $7500 raised last year being split between the groups and reinvestment in to the grounds and hall at Bradvale Recreation Reserve, where the event will be held on April 14 and 15.