Some of the best campdrafters in the country are expected to saddle up for this weekend’s Gunnedah Show Society Campdraft.

Held over two days at the Gunnedah Showground, the 2024 event will host leading riders such as Troy Palmer (Coolah), Brent Smyth (Gunnedah), Adam Sadler (Kars Springs) and Tim Hollis (Currabubula).

Thousands of dollars in prize money will be up for grabs for winners including $1000 for the Maiden Draft, $1500 for the Open Draft and $2500 for the coveted Col Smith Memorial Novice Draft.

Also in the running will be Gunnedah competitors such as James and Kate Bradford, Ross and Adam Pollock and Henry Thompson.

The Gunnedah campdraft club, which has a growing membership of more than 30 on its books, will also feature several members in events this weekend including Nancy Williams, Orla Lyons as well as Peter and Lauren Rollings, to name a few.

Gunnedah club president Mick McLoughlin said the 2024 campdraft is just the second event back in more than five years due to COVID and drought pressures in the preceding years.

This year organisers have fielded about 700 entries in total across all event categories, including juniors.

At last count, he said the club is expecting to host about 200 competitors across more than 700 runs.

Competition starts 7am on Saturday and Sunday, with bar and canteen facilities open all weekend.

A complimentary barbecue for competitors will be held on Friday evening prior to the weekend events.

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