Dear ACA Members and Committees
I write to you today to address frustration from our competitors whose nominations are not being accepted for campdrafts, due to the current cattle supply shortage, which is resulting in less campdrafts being held and/or programs being reduced.
There is no doubt the popularity of campdrafting continues to grow, and we all continue to experience trying seasonal conditions. ACA are incredibly proud of the job our committees do in accommodating our members the best they can, putting on a great campdraft, weekend after weekend. Of course, these events would not be possible without the ongoing generosity of our donors who contribute cattle to these events.
I am sure all members and committees would agree that these unfavourable weather conditions only increase the importance of campdrafts, given the significant impact attending these social, community events has on one’s social and emotional wellbeing.
With all of these factors in mind, I write to advise that as of Monday 23 September 2019; ACA will immediately and temporarily amend Rule 1C relating to first round run restrictions, in the interest of giving more members the ability to compete in campdrafts. This change to the rule is due to ongoing drought conditions, and applies to any campdraft run after this date, with its implementation to be at the committee’s discretion.
The existing wording for Rule 1C is as follows:
‘The minimum amount of first round starts allowed per competitor will be determined by the number of open aged affiliated campdrafts (i.e. Maiden, Novice, Open and Restricted Open) multiplied by two.’
ACA advise that the total number of first round runs calculated by this rule can be reduced by two (2) runs until further notice.
Please be aware that some secretaries may have already prepared draws for events after this date and will not be able to implement this rule change due to time constraints. At the end of this letter, I have included the full list of current rider restrictions available for use in the General Information Competition Rules and Guidelines (ACA Rule Book), and encourage committees to utilise as many of these restrictions as possible before implementing the above rule change.
Australian Campdraft Association
Excerpt of pages 15 and 16 – General Information Competition Rules and Guidelines
1. Rider Restrictions
(a) Committees be given the right of restricting (to restrict) each rider to a number of first round starts at each venue.
(b)The number of first round starts to be determined by the organising committee.
(c) The minimum amount of first round starts allowed per competitor will be determined by the number of open aged affiliated campdrafts (i.e. Maiden, Novice, Open and Restricted Open) multiplied by two.
(d) All drafts count towards the total number of first rounds.
(e) Committees have the right to exclude Restricted Open Drafts (Restricted to Open Horse’s only) and/or futurity drafts (restricted to horses in futurity draft only) from the minimum number of first round runs.
(f) If restrictions are proposed, any such restriction is to be stated on the committees program where possible.
(g) Committees have the right to exclude competitors aged under 17 years from any draft they see fit.
(h) Committees have the right, in the event of excessive nominations in an individual event to restrict the number of first round starts to a minimum of 2 runs.
2. Horse Restrictions
(a) Committees may restrict each horse to a maximum of two first round starts excluding Ladies, Juvenile and Junior/Mini campdrafts.
(b) In exceptional circumstances, Ladies and Juvenile competitors can be limited to one horse in order to get the program completed.
(c) Novice and Maiden horse may not be allowed a start in an Open draft if the committee so desires. This must be prominently displayed on the program.
(d) Maiden horses may not be allowed a start in a Novice draft if the committee so desires. This must be prominently displayed on the program.