Brian Ede is known in Bulahdelah for his Real Estate business but for the last six years he has also been riding and training a mare in preparation for competition.
The 2016 Challenge Campdraft was held at Gladstone over the Easter weekend and it was reported that it was the largest campdraft ever held on the Macleay.
Approximately 1200 competitions were run over three days and required 1400 herd of cattle.
The Macleay Challenge Draft evolved over 40 years ago and this year was the year that Brian Ede’s horse named Golden Spurs Acres of Diamonds won.
The horse is one that Brian Ede has bred himself at Golden Spurs, Wootton and it was ridden by Wayne Murray of Bunyah on the day of competition.
In the Maiden Campdraft there were approximately 300 riders competing.
Golden Spurs Acres of Diamonds won the Maiden Campdraft with a score of 91.
Competitors came from the Hunter Valley in the South and as far north as the Queensland border to test themselves against the best horses and riders from Macleay.
Brian Ede spoke with Myall Coast News Of The Area about the experience of having a winning horse.
“Acres of Diamonds, my mare, has competed in about half a dozen maiden campdrafts before this win so she has done really well to win this maiden campdraft.”
“Out of three-hundred competitors, my mare was number 24, so she held the lead for a long time.
“It was an excellent effort,” Mr Ede said.
“She won a trophy and a ribbon and a service fee.”
“I’m feeling over the moon, as anyone would, if they bred the horse and broke her in. She is a beautiful black mare,” he said.
By Rachel REITSMA