ROBYN Hanigan loves campdrafting, but eight broken ribs meant she could only be a spectator at Paradise Lagoons yesterday.

The producer from Coonamble, in New South Wales, is still recovering from a fall she took while competing in her last draft a few months ago.

Luckily she is on the mend, and is already looking forward to her next ride.

Robyn travelled for two days with her husband Terry, daughter Polly and two horses to get to Paradise, where Terry is competing in several runs.

"It's a good escape to get off the place for a while," she said of the sport.

SPECTATOR SPORT: Robyn and Polly Hanigan, from Coonamble in NSW, at the Paradise Lagoons campdraft, watching Polly’s dad Terry compete.
SPECTATOR SPORT: Robyn and Polly Hanigan, from Coonamble in NSW, at the Paradise Lagoons campdraft, watching Polly’s dad Terry compete. Rachael Conaghan Rokrparadise

While Robyn has been riding horses all her life, it was through her daughter Polly that she got involved in campdrafting about four years ago.

Polly jokingly said she "bullied" her parents into it when they came to visit her while she was working on a property up north.

She used to go to go watch campdrafting while she was there, and one day she convinced her parents to enter a so-called "golden oldies" event on a station horse.

After that they started entering local campdrafts back home, until Polly said they became "hooked".

"It's so different to just riding around at home with cattle," Polly said, who competes in rookie divisions.

"(Paradise) is such a good event … it's like a family holiday."

Petrina Morgan at the Morning Bulletin / Rural Weekly stand at the 2015 Paradise Lagoons Campdraft outside Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Petrina Morgan at the Morning Bulletin / Rural Weekly stand at the 2015 Paradise Lagoons Campdraft outside Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

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