The GCA Champs was again this year hosted by the Dutson Downs Campdraft Committee and held at Sale. We were fortunate to have great weather for the Champs on the Saturday with our normal draft on the Sunday having a bit of rain.

Friday afternoon the trucks started to roll in and the grounds were in beautiful condition which had been prepared by Peter Boulton. A free sausage sizzle Friday night and competitors collecting their program and shirts which Tammy Goff  had organized were excited and ready for the Champs to start the next morning.

This year our judge for the event was Mr Darren Jewell who judged not only our championships event but was good enough to stay and judge the Dutson Draft Maiden and Novice for Novice events on the Sunday.

Many, many people need to be thanked for making the Championships event a success. Our many sponsors, cattle donors, transport workers and the hardworking GCA Champs subcommittee and volunteers that all work so well together to make this event such a huge success.  Along with our major sponsor Pryde’s EasiFeed we were also fortunate enough this year to obtain a major sponsor for the Championships in Zac Jackson from Fine Arc Engineering.

Our first event of the day was the GCA Championship Maiden, which saw Vicki Hiscock and her horse My Flurry take out the first place honours with a 176, Vicki also took out =2nd on her horse Solar with Sarah Phelan riding her horse Warwick.  4th Place went to Jamie Houghton and Moonshine, 5th Place Marni Hamilton riding Summer and =6th Place went to Peter Boulton riding Reflex and Tracy Scoble riding Lucky Star. Lincoln Adams received the top cut out on his horse Bandy.  Vicki also won the top place Australian Stock Horse sponsored by the East Gipplsand Branch.

Our next event on the program was the GCA Championship Novice Event, with Mark Ruff riding his horse Martha with a 183 taking 1st Place, Mark also taking out the East Gippsland Branch ASH award.  =2nd was Peter Boulton and Reflex and Charlie Hengstberger and Basalt.   4th went to Marni Hamilton and her horse Summer.  Finishing in =5th were Vicki Hiscock and Olivia, Clint Rand and Larry, Colin Stockdale and Constellation.  The highest cut out went to the inform Mark Ruff with a 24 on his horse Reyn Moore.

As our Commentator Sue Gilliland took a break, the microphone was handed over to Cheryl Joosten to commentate the first round of the Open. The next event was our 8-u13 Championship.  At the completion of the event there was a run off between two of our great up and coming young riders Nick Rand and Lane Bowman.  At the completion on the run off the eventual winner was Nick Rand riding his Mums horse Donari and second place went to Lane Bowman riding his Nans horse Rundy.  3rd Place went to Angus O’Loughlin and Statement, 4th Place going to Hamish O’Hara, 5th Place to Katie Blackshaw and Kingy and =6th place to Lane Bowman and Jet and Amity McInnes and Action.

We then moved onto our 2nd round of the Open and our 13-u17’s event.  With Sue back in the chair and Michelle Boulton beside her entering the scores via Campdraft Central the event was running smoothly.  The U17’s event was only shared between a few and the winner was Kealee Hamilton and BB.  Kealee also took out 2nd place riding her horse Blue Denim.  3rd place went to Sharni Bechaz and Hayley, 4 and 5th went to Rachel Boyce riding her horses Rev and Buster.  =6th went to Emma Ruff and Flirt and Sharni Bechaz and Fire N Ice.

Next on the Program was the final of the two round open, with the ever consistent Vicki Hiscock taking out first place on her horse Bamalam with a 271 with her brother Peter Boulton one point behind on his horse Bobby and another 1 point behind that their father Ken Boulton and Canni. =4th went to Vick Hiscock and Steph and Tom Ford riding Tarn.  6th Place was Russell Lawrence and Vanilla.  Vicki Hiscock and Steph also took out the top cut out with a 24 and the highest placed ASH on Bamalam.

Our final Championship event was the Ladies which was won by Tanya Rand riding her horse High as a Kite with a 177 also taking out the East Gippsland Branch ASH, 2nd place went to Cheryl Joosten and her horse DaxMan with 3rd going to Vicki Hiscock and Bamalam.  Jenny Neave took our 4th place with Bonita and 5th went to Rebecca Vuillermin riding Calypso and 6th Tanya Rand and Donari.  Highest cut out went to Nicky Jewell.

Presentations were held after each event with the winners received a magnificent buckle sponsored by Fine Arc Engineering and a beautiful handcrafted garland donated and made by Vicki Hiscock.

The highest placed quarter horse over the weekend went to Darren Bowman riding Tassie.

Later that evening we all enjoyed a beautiful meal and our GCA Champs President Mr Peter Boddy made a speech thanking all the helpers, sponsors and cattle donors. Peter also presented Darren Jewel with a beautiful handcrafted Saddle Pad from Justin and Susan O’Hara of Campdraft Saddle Pads for being our GCA championship judge.

The Sunday morning we all enjoyed a free breaky cooked by master chefs Erick Joosten and Graeme Rozynksi. Thanks to MyrtleBank Roaming Eggs and Moroney’s Alpine Meats for their kind donations of eggs, bacon and sausages.

Another great end to the GCA Season, another great Championship Event.