Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{80 Years of Living the Campdrafting Life. Is It All over?} {}

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{80 Years of Living the Campdrafting Life. Is It All over?} {}

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THIS year, at the ripe-old age of 80, Frank Courtney will compete at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft for what may be his last run around the famous showgrounds.

A campdrafter for more than 40 years, he has been competing at the Warwick Campdraft since the late '80s, all the while camping in the showgrounds with the other entrants.

"I think this might be my last year at Warwick," Mr Courtney said.

"I'd like to keep going, but I don't like the cattle they're offering ... it's not getting easier."

He has been around cattle, sheep and horses his entire life but was a late starter as far as campdrafting goes, not starting until his late 30s.

"I used to always be keen on it, at the age of 13 or 14 I used to go to the Sydney Royal Easter Show and sit and wait for the campdrafting," Mr Courtney said.

"I would get a tram in and out by myself - I used to live on the outskirts of Sydney and would walk a couple of miles to the tram.

"I put all my kids through pony club and when they finished I thought 'oh well, better start using my horses for something'. …

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