Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Campdrafting Fraternity Pays Tribute to Hall Family Patriarch; Seventy-Year Contribution to the Sport Rewarded

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Campdrafting Fraternity Pays Tribute to Hall Family Patriarch; Seventy-Year Contribution to the Sport Rewarded

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A 90-year-old retired drover from Wee Waa, NSW, has been awarded the 2012 Warwick Tribute to Australian Campdrafting.

Artie Hall was never a campdraft champion, although perhaps he could have been had he tried, but the award doesn't depend on a criteria of winning competitions.

Mr Hall is the father of multiple Warwick Gold Cup winner Terry Hall and grandfather of Ben Hall, another winner of several Warwick Gold Cups.

His daughter-in-law, Christine Hall, is a champion in her own right as is Jane Hall, his granddaughter.

Even being involved with such an honourable family of champions isn't enough to be a tribute recipient.

The person selected to receive the Warwick Tribute has to be someone special.

That person will have dedicated a lifetime to the sport of campdrafting and be much more than a competitor.

More important is what that person has put back into the sport, be it material things like livestock, building materials, construction equipment, or time, work and sweat, administration on a large scale, even officiating ... the list goes on.

It takes time for this small band of hard workers from the Warwick Rodeo committee to accept and then sift through a list of names and to eventually settle on a worthy recipient.

These people are experienced but seek advice from all around the country, from administrators, from committees, from various associations, from prominent people within the industry and, perhaps most importantly, from previous recipients of the tribute.

The success of the selection committee's deliberations can be seen clearly when scanning through the recipients to date.

They are:

Bob Campbell, Brooklyn, Bonshaw (1997);

Theo Hill, Karapiti, Quirindi (1999);

Fraser Ramsay, Roxby Park, Casino (2001);

Lawrie Mills, Best Rural, Mallanganee, (2003);

John Markwell, Ladybrook, Beaudesert (2005);

Charlie Flohr, Mount Lebanon, Clermont (2007); and

Stuart Ross, Starbright, Charters Towers (2010). …

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