Glen Elgin's campdraft gets underway on Saturday

SPEED AROUND: Local rider Brad Dunn competing in the Glen Elgin campdraft last year.

SPEED AROUND: Local rider Brad Dunn competing in the Glen Elgin campdraft last year.

A jam-packed program beckons for the annual Glen Elgin campdraft when it launches into action on Saturday. 

Another local in Daniel Cheers competing at the campdraft in 2016.

Another local in Daniel Cheers competing at the campdraft in 2016.

Two days of competition will get underway with around 900 runs expected. 

Competitors travel from all over the region and interstate to take on the events. 

Riders will face off open, restricted open, novice, maiden, junior and juvenile events as well as Glen Elgin’s unique penning of the steers. 

“We are probably the only committee that do it but we have what we call penning of the steers,” Glen Elgin campdraft association secretary Erica Dunn said. 

“Two riders put three head of cattle around this course. 

“[It is] very popular because some of the parents that don't actually draft they might hop on a horse and have a bit of a ride with their child in it or two kids can do it together.” 

Another unique aspect of the campdraft is how the cattle arrive. Instead of being trucked to the yards they are walked into the sportsground from a local property.

Young riders are catered for with the gymkhana and sporting events on Saturday morning. 

The sporting events have proved popular year after year with around 60 or 70 under 17s participating. 

“It just has seven events, the usual flag, bend, barrel and a couple of other novelty events,” Dunn said. 

“It also gives the children something to do while the parents are drafting, it is just not all for the parents. 

“It gives them a bit of an outing and they get a ribbon and a bit of prizemoney.”

The draft commences at 6am on Saturday and Sunday will run all day. Spectators are encouraged to attend. A bar and canteen will operate all day as well as entertainment on Saturday night including a steer and calf ride.