Campdraft to support Marshall family

William and Rylee Hurley riding their ponies Robbo and Gizmo at the 2023 Gymkhana event, set to return in next week’s campdraft. PHOTO: TOOGOOLAWAH CAMPDRAFT

THhe Toogoolawah Campdraft will lend a helping hand to a beloved family in the campdrafting community this weekend, March 8 to 10.

Lisa Marshall tragically lost her beloved husband Reece on January 15, 2024, and Reece’s absence was felt deeply by Lisa and their four children Dusty, Steele, Tilly, and Lainey.

Toogoolawah Campdraft committee member Tiara Hurley said the family was very active in the campdrafting community.

“Lisa and Reece owned a business called Ranch Rugs, and they always donated rugs to our campdrafts,” she said.

“They were always the first to volunteer for prizes, they were really supportive of us, which is why the all the drafts in the region are going to be supporting them for a little while.”

Mrs Hurley said the 2024 campdraft would include a multi-draw raffle and stallion auction to support the family, alongside a packed schedule of events for the community.

“Businesses throughout Somerset and our campdrafting community have actually donated prizes for this raffle, and it’ll be $5 a ticket which can be purchased before the draft or at the draft,” Mrs Hurley said.

“We draw on the Saturday night at 7 o’clock and people need to be at the draft to claim their prizes.

“The prizes range from horse feed all the way through to a 2010 signed Broncos jersey, so there’s all different kinds of prizes.”

Mrs Hurley said the stallion auction would include some ‘big names’.

“The stallion auctions are available on StockLive, if you can’t get along to support Lisa and the family at the draft,” she said.

“There are a lot of big name stallions that have competed at drafts.”

Mrs Hurley encouraged the community to come to the Toogoolawah Showgrounds on Saturday night for a drink, a roast meal provided by the Show Society, and for the live band, The Berryman Duo.

“Even if you don’t like campdrafting you can come along on Saturday night and have a dance and a couple of drinks at the bar,” she said.

“You don’t have to be a campdrafter to come along.”

Mrs Hurley said there was plenty of action in store over March 8 to 10.

“On Friday the 8th of March we start with our maiden draft, so two maidens and a restricted open draft after that,” she said.

“Friday night we will have the saddle cut-out and if you win that you win $500.

“Saturday the 9th of March we will start at daylight again with the first round of the open draft, and the kids Gymkhana will also run on Saturday.

“Then we’ll do the first novice draft, we’ve got two novices running over the weekend, and then the maiden, maiden final and maiden shootout.

“The maiden shootout is our feature event, the winners of both maiden drafts will have a run-off to see who wins the maiden shootout, and they get quite good prizes for winning.”

“On Sunday we’ll have the second novice and the junior and juvenile draft, and then we’ll have the second round of the open, the novice finals and then the open finals to finish us off on Sunday afternoon.”