Steve and Louise Comiskey are a dedicated young couple who campdraft because they love the sport, they love the competitions, they love the camaraderie and the friendships formed and they love being successful.
Steve grew up on the family property at Lyra Park, Capella, and from as early as Steve can remember, everybody in the family was always highly involved with campdrafting. Steve’s earliest campdrafting memories are of his father, Peter, being a very successful campdraft competitor with a team of home bred and educated horses. Meanwhile older brother Pete Junior was an up and coming champion and was winning the ACA Junior Rider of the Year Title.
As Steve grew older he followed in the family tradition and started campdrafting as a Junior. He remained in older brother Pete’s shadow for many years as Pete won ACA Open Rider of the Year, year after year after year.
Meanwhile Steve was focused on his own career and under the guidance of both his father and older brother he was never far from the winners circle. In 2009 he achieved campdrafting’s biggest reward when he won the Warwick Gold Cup with Lyra Park Delta.
Louise had a similar childhood, being raised on the Rolfe family property, Cotherstone, a beautiful cattle property of 65,000acres at Dysart, Queensland. The family spent many hours mustering and drafting cattle which Louise loved and which honed her skills as a competent horse and cattle woman. The family didn’t compete at campdrafts so it wasn’t until she became involved with Steve that she began competing. Steve’s father was the first to encourage her to take the competitive step when he entered her for the Encouragement Draft at Springsure. She soon won two Encouragement Drafts and then some Ladies Drafts and now Louise is one of our leading lady competitors.
Steve and Louise now travel with their two young daughters, Darcy Rose and Lillie Lou, and they attend drafts throughout the country. They continue to operate their family property at Lyra Park, which provides the perfect opportunity for educating and preparing their team of horses. Louise loves helping Steve with training their horses and with the girls getting older, they will continue to grow their love of horses within their family.