Campdrafting Comes to Texas ~ Episode #016
Horse and riders are getting the campdrafting USA fever. Last summer’s campdraft in Kiowa, Colorado was so popular that new associations are forming to promote campdrafting in the States. On today’s podcast we chat with Dr. Kellee Campbell, a small animal veterinarian in Austin, Texas. Kellee is a breeder of Australian Stock Horses at and owns SandHaven Farms. She is also an avid polocrosse competitor. I met Kellee last summer in Colorado. When she told me she was forming an regional association under the US Campdraft organization and producing her own event, I had to talk to her about it.
Although the winter has been terribly cold in Texas and many people have not had a chance to get out and ride their horses, this event happening in March is sure to have a big draw. Kellee and her group, the Texas Campdraft Association have convinced Steven Hart, clinician and champion campdrafter to come to Texas and put on a clinic and competition. The dates have been set. Mark your calendars for March 6th – 9th. The first two days will be a clinic. The clinic will teach you the rules of the campdraft. There is also a short judges clinic. Even if you are not interested in being a judge, the clinic can help you be a stronger competitor. Kellee tells us all about the Texas campdraft, her horses, and a little about Texas.
Steven Hart is a campdraft champion and clinician in Australia. Steven is flying to the States to teach the skills necessary to be a better campdrafter. Steven has won over 200 open campdrafts in Australia. He not only is a fierce competitor, he is a great instructor. I had the opportunity to watch him work last year in Colorado. He has a teaching style that is clear and effective. I really saw the riders make some huge improvements in their skills over the two days. Steven tells us exactly what campdrafting is and how it is scored. He tells us what to expect at the Texas Campdraft. And, he covers information about the horses and equipment best suited for the sport. Steven works with Select Sires of Australia to produce some of the finest performance horses.
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