Sadler family of Bunnan enjoys stellar 2019 campdraft season scooping six awards

SUCCESS IN THE SADLE: The Sadler family of Bunnan, Clay, Toby, Lexi, Adam and Alison at the ABCRA national finals. Photo: John Burgess Photography
SUCCESS IN THE SADLE: The Sadler family of Bunnan, Clay, Toby, Lexi, Adam and Alison at the ABCRA national finals. Photo: John Burgess Photography

THE Sadler family are a perfect example of a passion for campdrafting running through the veins.

Adam and Alison Sadler and family have lived on "Yarrawin" 12 kilometres north of Bunnan, west of Scone, for the past five years.

The couple have been campdrafting ever since they can remember and have enjoyed plenty of success.

And now their boys Clay and Toby are also making a name for themselves in the sport by picking up titles of their own.

The family left the recent 2019 ABCRA National Finals in Tamworth with arms full of trophies.

Twelve-year-old Clay was crowned the 2019 Junior Rider, while his younger brother Toby followed closely as Runner Up.

Alison and Raven Acres were awarded the All Round Campdraft Horse and Runner Up Lady Rider.

Meanwhile Adam and Swift Spin took out the Maiden Campdraft Horse title and Runner Up Most Successful Rider title.

"It's the first time the whole family has won something at finals," Alison told The Advocate.

"Toby has only been campdrafting for for 12 months and he beat 13 year olds for the Runner Up title.

"So, he's had a really good year because he's only 9. You can only start drafting when you're 8.

"We've been lucky, we've had a really good year."

A love for campdrafting is something they have instilled in their children, with their daughter Lexi expected to follow the family tradition.

The same can be said about their love for the sport, which was instilled in them from a very young age.

As a kid, Adam had his first run at the Aberdeen Campdraft at the age of 8, where he placed third.

However Adam didn't start campdrafting competitively until he was in his 20s.

Similarly, Alison, who was born in Gunnedah, was introduced to horses from a very young age.

She experienced her first run at the age of 8 at her local pony club draft.

Alison won her first draft at the Mullaley campdraft, an achievement she remembers due to the fact she still has the ribbon in her old room at her parent's place.

Alison, like Adam, didn't start drafting competitively until she was about 21.

Watching their kids grow into competitive campdrafters over the coming years is now something that Alison and Adam look forward to the most as they continue their breeding program and continue to grow as competitors themselves.

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