Competitors traveled from far and wide but it was the locals cleaned up as the Glencoe Sports Association wrapped up another successful annual campdraft and gymkhana.
Among the winners from the local region were: Phil McCormack, who won the open title; Guyra’s Graeme Finlayson claiming the maiden; Toby Bruce snagging the junior draft honours; Shannon Williamson taking out the juvenile division; and Max Newsome riding his way to winning the novice trophy.
Association secretary Joe Morgan said it was a huge weekend with 859 campdraft runs gracing the Glencoe grounds from dusk until dawn on both days as well as the gymkhana events.
“Saturday was a huge day, Sunday was a little bit more relaxed but it was late by the time we tidied up,” he said.
“It was pretty much locals that won most of the titles.”
Travelers were impressed by the Glencoe event and have already vowed to return next year.
“There were a lot of local competitors, there was also a big contingent from the Clarence Valley, and there were competitors from Queensland,” Morgan said.
“They were full of praise for our grounds and most of them were talking about coming back for next year.”
The gymkhana and sporting events on Saturday proved a hit once again as young local riders as well as out-of-towners joined in.
“They had a very good turnout for the gymkhana and the weather was good for us,” Morgan said.
“People came from a good way away to compete as well as the locals.
“There would have been some competitors from the coast, Clarence, and there were people from Walcha with kids there.
“The bigger variety of kids you can get there the better it is for competition.
“Those kids too competed early in the morning in the campdraft and then went over to that side and got on with the rest of it then.”
With competitors from the weekend’s draft talking about coming back next year, Morgan said the Association have already started planning the 2019 event.
“The committee is very grateful for the support we get from all the locals and visiting competitors,” he said.
“We will start planning for next year, we have been talking about things already.”
While the draft and gymkhana has wrapped up for the year, the association turns its focus to the village’s next major event – the NSW Cattle Dog Trials Championships from March 24-27.