THE first leg of the famous Triple Crown Campdraft circuit kicked off last weekend at Condamine, with competitors coming from Victoria to the Northern Territory.
Noted Muttaburra campdrafting couple Ben and Jaye Hall secured a double, taking out the Black Toyota Condamine Bell Open and the Chinchilla Veterinary Services ladies draft on the same mare, Just Like Jess.
The Hall family has featured prominently over the past few years in the Condamine results with Ben’s parents Terry and Chris having shared their own amount of success at this stellar event.
Not only does Ben Hall walk away with a bonus $30,000 winner’s cheque, he now has the opportunity to go down in history
A further $30,000 bonus is on offer if the same horse and rider combination can win the next two legs of the Triple Crown, the Chinchilla Grandfather Clock and the Warwick Gold Cup.
The Condamine Bell Open campdraft is held over two full rounds of competition, followed by a final.
This year Sean Dillon from Alpha judged the first round and Swan Vale drafter Codie Law officiated the second round. Both men shared the judging duties for the final.
Aggregate scores from the two jud-ges were then combined with cumulative scores to determine the winner and placegetters.
The stunning mare Just Like Jess is a 13-year-old by Warrenbri Romeo out of Garthowen Trixie, owned by Barry and Sally Smith, Dungowan, NSW, and formerly of Dirranbandi.
Rick Hopkins from Central Queensland won the Teys Bros novice camp-draft riding Zambui, two points clear of Charters Towers draft Ben Hewitt and Cadalac.
A quality line of local cattle was supplied by David and Maree Campbell, John and Barbara Campbell, Luke and Meagan Campbell, Guy and Nicole Campbell, the Grove Shorthorn Stud, Lilyvale, Tim and Nette Reid and Woollcott Shorthorn stud.
The second leg of the Triple Crown Campdraft circuit kicks off today at the Chinchilla Showgrounds.
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