Jump4Em Charity Campdraft weekend begins Friday

TALENTED RIDER: Emma and her beloved horse Norton competing at AELEC in Tamworth last year. Riders from all over will compete in Em's honour this weekend. Photo: Oz Shotz
TALENTED RIDER: Emma and her beloved horse Norton competing at AELEC in Tamworth last year. Riders from all over will compete in Em's honour this weekend. Photo: Oz Shotz

People from all over New South Wales and beyond will come together in Warialda this weekend, all to support one special young woman and her family.

The three-day Jump4Em Charity Campdraft weekend will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 13 to 15) in honour of Emma Botfield, who is currently on the long road to recovery following a devastating horse accident three months ago.

As a result of falling from her beloved horse Norton, Emma suffered a traumatic brain injury and has since been undergoing rehabilitation in Newcastle, and more recently, Tamworth.

She is now home until the end of October before she has to return to Newcastle for another operation.

In the meantime, Emma’s mum Jean Botfield said Emma has been enjoying catching up with friends and family and spending time with her animals.

“She’s happy to be home in a familiar surrounding with her animals and family,” Mrs Botfield said.

“It’s certainly helping with her recovery.

“She’ll continue with her rehabilitation and still has quite a mountain to climb.”

Mrs Botfield said the family has been overwhelmed by the support they have received since Emma’s accident.

Emma Botfield with her brother James and dogs Teddy and Missy.

Emma Botfield with her brother James and dogs Teddy and Missy.

“We just want to say how appreciative we are of the community, not just the local community, but Australia-wide, and even friends from overseas, everyone has been very kind,” she said.

“The support has been amazing.”

This community support will be on show this weekend at the Jump4Em Charity Campdraft, to be held at Warialda Showground, with more than 1,000 nominations in from people all over the state and beyond.

The campdrafting will get underway on Friday at 8am, with a range of different campdraft events running throughout the weekend including maiden, novice, open, junior (eight years to under 13), juvenile (13 years to under 17), ladies and encouragement drafts, with plenty of great prizes up for grabs.

On Friday night there’ll be a competitor’s draw and sausage sizzle and a bar will operate all weekend.

All members of the community are then welcome to attend Saturday night’s dinner and auction from 6.30pm, which will feature a roast dinner (at a cost of $15 per person), bar and live entertainment by Just Me.

There will be a huge selection of items up for auction, with the organising committee inundated with donations from businesses in Moree and Warialda.

Some of the auction items include service fees to six high performance campdraft stallions, a colt, a Winx jockey cap donated by jockey Hugh Bowman, and much, much more.

Money raised during the campdraft, dinner and auction will go towards the costs of Emma’s rehabilitation. The family would also like to contribute some of the money raised to an organisation which has helped her along the way.

Jump4Em caps will be available to purchase throughout the weekend, or by contacting Stacey Duff on 0488 923 958.

For those who can’t attend the campdraft but would like to donate to help Emma, cash donations can be made to the Jump4Em account – BSB 932 00, account number 754 839.

For more information contact Stacey Duff on 0488 923 958 or Amber Barnett on 0427 869 617.