The ACA today, is in mourning. Our founding father, Ashley McKay OAM, has left us for greener pastures following a tragic accident yesterday (21 April 2021) at Cherry Hills, Injune.

Ashley’s influence on the sport of campdrafting and the broader rural industry is completely without parallel. His determination to succeed and seek fairness is legendary & awe inspiring.

He has played a leadership role in ACA since its inception in 1972; relinquishing formal titles perhaps, but never his interest, advice or influence. Along with his wife Doris, they have carefully recorded the history of our wonderful sport whilst also providing administration, leadership and representation.

Not just a leader; but a judge and a strong, successful competitor right until the end, judging at Barcaldine 2 weeks ago, as well as riding at Blackall, Barcaldine & Mitchell three weeks in succession, at the age of 80 his stamina & love of the sport abounded & is also unparalleled. Not enough can be said of this titan, this giant of an individual within our sport and industry. In time more will be spoken and written, but on behalf of all members & supporters, I take this opportunity to express our extreme sorrow to Ashley’s wife Doris, and their broader families & friends. ACA stands with you at this time of extreme tragedy. May Ashley Rest in Peace, and I trust Doris, that you can find solace in the arms of an extended and grateful family.

Sean Dillon

Acting President ACA