Campdrafting is not just for the fellas, according to the ladies taking centre stage at the national titles.
The national campdrafting finals have kicked off this week at Clermont in central Queensland and there has been some very fierce rivalry between the 208 women and men competing.
Yet that rivalry is a relatively recent scenario, according to Chinchilla competitor Shari Knudsen.
She believes it is only in the last five years that the number of women competing in the sport has grown.
"You'll see the top 10 open riders and there will be a couple of ladies up there and we are mixing it with them," Ms Knudsen said.
"It used to be that women would ride their husband's horses in the ladies [events] and that was all they would come for, but now we all have our own team of horses."
Ms Knudsen has spent many years in the ring and is proud to see more females competing alongside her.
"[It's] perfect because women run most things," she said.
"I know in my household, I am the one organising the drafting and I think it is important to keep the women happy.
"I think it is a great thing."
Hugh Philp, chairman of the Australian Campdrafitng National Finals, agrees with Ms Knudsen's sentiments.
"I think it is really good. Campdrafting has always been based on the family sport and for years, women would come and watch but they did not compete," he said.
"I think it has only made the sport stronger.
"Women have always been a part of running the campdrafts as secretaries [and] treasurers for years, and you would not find a sport anywhere in the world where everyone is on such an even pegging scene."
Julia Creek competitor Evan Acton said there were far more women riding now than 20 or 30 years ago, when he was just a young bloke.
"I was talking to [Longreach Pastoral College horse trainer] John Arnold and yeah, [there are] a lot more young ladies that want to be part of the horse industry and compete in campdraft, polocrosse, whatever, " he said.
"They are certainly our up and coming young riders [and] there are a lot of champion riders in amongst the ladies who can mix it with the men any day."
Droving the cattle to Clermont
As well as horses and riders, another key ingredient for any campdraft is cattle and no-one would know that better than Bob O'Sullivan.
He and his family have donated thousands of beasts to Clermont campdrafts for nearly two decades.
For the national title finals this week, the O'Sullivans drove more than 2,000 head from their station near Moranbah to the Clermont showgrounds.
But, before some very recent rainfall, Mr O'Sullivan held concerns they would not be able to donate the cattle.
While his station had some rain around Christmas time, the green pick did not last too long.
"We got another 26 millimetres, then there was a bit of a lull in the system," he said.
"It was hot as hell and a lot of wind and it dried everything off.
"It has taken six weeks for these cattle to pick up and do this."
From mining bust to campdraft boom
For the small town of Clermont, the campdraft has brought in much-needed money and business.
While the town hosts the Clermont Gold Cup Campdraft yearly, it has been more than 20 years since it hosted the national finals so there has been plenty of excitement about.
Motels, pubs and rural supply shops have been run off their feet with the deluge of campdraft competitors and their families.
Peter Marks runs the Clermont Country Motor Inn and said he had been happy to see an 85 to 90 per cent occupancy rate.
"It is slowly picking up. There are a lot more cars [and] a lot more people in town [which] helps in different ways," Mr Marks said.
Local competitor Nikki Marshall agreed.
"I went downtown to do a few jobs, get a few groceries and some horse feed and I walked into the bottle-o and the lady that served me said that it's just been a rat race all day," she said.
"It has made the little town fairly busy and business will be good I would say."