In what was her first campdraft back following the Covid-19 enforced state-wide lockdown, Louise Cameron was back in the winner’s circle at Oberon.
Riding her 10-year-old, Rocko, Cameron was too good for her rivals in the Oberon Ladies Draft, registering 88 points in the first round and 90 points in the second round to score 178 overall, beating Emily Thomas and Weapon on 176 points and Jess Cormie and Special on 171 points.
The Tumbarumba product is based in Dubbo these days, and she said it was good to be back riding and winning.
“It’s been really quiet. Our last draft was at Molong and that was about six or seven months ago from memory,” Cameron said.
“We have only had three or four drafts this year. It has been quiet because of Covid.
“It was great to be back and great to be catching up with people we haven’t seen.”
The Oberon arena held up to some ordinary weather over the weekend, and Cameron praised the club for hosting the event.
“Full credit to the committee for getting their event out there and running one,” Cameron said.
“It was a great event. They have just redone all their grounds, and resurfaced it all and they had a bit of rain on Sunday but it wasn’t a problem.”
Cameron said her ‘old faithful’ steed, Rocko, was just as happy to be back competing.
“He was very keen to get back drafting too and was as excited as we were to be there,” Cameron laughed.
“He had a good old squeal when he saw the cattle and he enjoyed the weekend.”
Unfortunately, the season looks to be over for the pair, but Cameron is still hoping to compete at the annual Tumbarumba Campdraft in March, 2022.
“We are probably done for the season now. We have a few other events on, so hopefully Covid stays away and we can get back to normal next year,” Cameron said.
“We would like to try and get down to Tumbarumba and see everyone and have a few rides. It’s always good to get back there when we get the chance.”