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Plaque 1 : 28-March-2015
Plaque 1 : 28-March-2015

Photographs supplied by Russell Byers

Memorial to Campdraft competition which also acknowledges Clarence Smith who came up with the rules in 1885. The memorial was unveiled on the 120th anniversary of the event. 

The first draft was not held in the ring, but just outside the Showground on a vacant area. Mr Clarence W Smith of Boorook Station drew up the method of judging which formed the basis of this sporting event that is now widely popular all over Australia. The C W Smith Memorial Open draft is still a feature event on the campdraft program.

Campdrafting is a unique and very popular Australian sport involving a horse and rider working cattle. In the competition, a rider on horseback must "cut out" one beast from the mob of cattle in the yard or "camp" and block and turn that beast at least two or three times to prove to the judge that they have the beast under control; then take it out of the yard and through a course around pegs involving right and left hand turns in a figure eight, before guiding it through two pegs known as "the gate". The outside course must be completed in less than 40 seconds.


Address:Manners Street, Tenterfield Showground, Tenterfield, 2372
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.054979
Long: 152.014975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1885


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 6th February, 2005
Front Inscription

The first running of the Campdraft event in Australia was held in Tenterfield during its Annual Show in 1885. An area of vacant land, just outside the Showground, was set up by the Tenterfield Show Society and Mr. Clarence Smith, an excellent horseman from "Boorook Station" east of Tenterfield, drew up the rules. Cattle for the 1885 Campdraft were loaned by Mr. W.A. Walker of "Tenterfield Station" which was then owned by his niece Dame Eadith Walker DBE. Mr A.M.White of "Bolivia Station", a polo player, horseman and stalwart of the Tenterfield Show Society, also supported the running of Australia's first Campdraft.

In 2005, the Tenterfield Show Society, with the generous support of the Australian Campdrafting Association, the Australian Stock Horse Society, the Australian Bushmen's Campdraft & Rodeo Association, the Southern Campdraft Association and the Tenterfield Campdraft Club, saw fit to commemorate the 120th anniversary, of what has become a national sport, with this monument. 


Right Side Inscription
Celebrating Australia's  
first Campdraft

This monument was unveiled on 
Sunday the 6th February 2005 
in the presence of representatives of the Tenterfield 
Show Society, the Australian Campdrafting Association, 
the Australian Stock Horse Society, the Australian 
Bushmen's Campdraft & Rodeo Association, 
the Southern Campdraft Association and the Tenterfield 
Campdraft Club during the running of the Tenterfield Show 
Society's Campdraft of the 2005 Annual Show. 
Source: MA
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