As many campdrafts across two states are cancelled from crippling drought and flooding, the Macleay Challenge Campdraft certainly put on a show in what's considered Australia's beloved horse sport.
Some of Australia's best known riders were among the 260 competitors from Hunter Valley to Grafton and west to Inverell that were put to the test in the dusty conditions.
Of the competitors 40 per cent came from drought affected regions, who were welcomed by the occasional showers throughout the three-day competition.
Bob Fuller from the Challege, said it was great to be able to host an event not only to showcase local talent but give those in drought-affected regions a chance for relief from their day to day life.
"We are not doing as bad as a lot of places," Mr Fuller said.
Mr Fuller said an event like this was not able to be hosted without the support from generous cattle donors and sponsors.
"The campdraft community is great and they rally when times are tough," he said.
Ian Colewell from Walcha said with many campdrafts from Walcha to Bendemeer and Upper Horton cancelled because of the drought, it was great to compete this weekend at Gladstone.
More report and results to come
Proston Charity Campdraft
Following the heartbreaking devastation of the floods in north west Queensland, Poston Campdraft Committee will be running a charity draft at and in conjunction with the normal Campdraft on March 22 and 24.
All proceeds will be donated to Sisters of the North. It is a $50 nomination fee with donated prizes but there will be no prizemoney.
Elite Livestock Auctions will conduct a live charity auction at 6.30pm on March 23.
Epic Horse Sale and Campdraft
The fourth annual Epic Horse Sale and Campdraft will be held at the Willawarrin Sports Ground from March 15 to 17.