Sometimes we witness a history making moment and it is only on reflection that we realise how noteworthy the event was. It was at the recent Ridgelands Campdraft that such an event happened. This was the first occasion that Pete Comiskey, the holder of 18 Open Rider titles in the Australian Campdrafting Association was beaten for first place by his son Clayton. Clayton has been riding with great success in the ACA Juvenile competition, earning 3rd place during the last 12 months while widening his competition to include rides in the Maiden and Novice events.
Clayton Comiskey, son of Pete Comiskey of Westpoint Station, Nebo and Lexi Comiskey of The Willows won the Maiden Draft on his horse Larry. In the Juvenile Draft on the same week-end, Clayton also earned a 1st on Emma and an equal 2nd on Larry. In March 2011, Clayton become the proud owner of the 12 year old gelding Larry. Larry is a grandson of Spinifex.
Clayton has camp drafting in his blood with both grandfathers, Peter Comiskey (Snr) and Graeme McKenzie, being camp drafters who have accomplished great success while competing in the sport.
Graeme has earned the title of ACA Champion Open Rider on at least 3 occasions. Clayton's Dad, Pete, is the most decorated camp draft rider in Australia and it is with much pride and enthusiasm that he guides Clayton in the sport and no one was more pleased with Clayton's win than his Dad. Mum, Lexi, has recently returned to competition and is one of Clayton's biggest fans as is his brother, Justin.
Clayton has recently left school for a life on the land which includes daily time in the saddle. Horses and camp drafting are undoubtedly high priorities on his list for work and sport.
It was with pride and excitement that family and friends including grandparents from both sides of Clayton's family watched and cheered for his success on the week-end but particularly in the final of the maiden draft when all realized - history was in the making.
Father and son, legend and protege, the contest has begun. The sport of camp drafting can only benefit from the unfolding of this chapter of history.