Pete was born in Rockhampton and spent his childhood in the idyllic settings of the Comiskey family property, “Lyra Park”, Capella. Family life was important to Pete and he has always enjoyed the unquestionable love and support of his parents and family.
School at Lyra Park consisted of 7 years of correspondence and then 3 years of boarding school at St Brendan’s College in Rockhampton. It was then home to Dad to start on a career solely based around horses, cattle and his love of campdrafting.
In his teens he took several jobs contract mustering and general station work which were invaluable in expanding his knowledge base, but his love of campdrafting always brought him home and back to the circuit.
He has drafted consistently since the age of 8, where he had a first start win at Foxleigh in the Junior on Silver. He soon stepped up the competition level and won the A.C.A. Juvenile Title in 1985, 86 & 87. His first Open Rider Title came in 1991 and then in 1995 his extraordinary run of continual Open Rider Titles started. The only year missing is 2000 when he was out with a broken leg and the Title went to Ben Hall.
In 2015 Pete won his 21st A.C.A. Open Rider Title at the National Finals in Nebo.
In 1991 to win his first Open Rider title, Pete campaigned 5 horses and went to about 15 drafts. For his 2012 Open Rider title he travelled 12 horses and attended 25 venues. Times are definitely changing as many of these venues are now week long competitions.
Competition and good people drive Pete to continue in the sport of Camprafting. He loves competing and never tires of the continual slog of the travel. He also enjoys the great people involved in the industry and gets great satisfaction from being involved both socially and from the business that has evolved around him.
Pete’s involvement in the sport has now become an industry. He has commitments with several businesses including Prydes and Ariat. He runs Campdraft schools on a regular basis; he markets promotional videos and DVD’s as well as promoting horses and products for various people. His life is very busy and that’s the way he likes it. He gets great satisfaction from dealing with people and from helping people and enjoys promoting products that he believes in.
He is also proud of his “Pete Comiskey Drafter” saddles. For over 20 years Pete has been involved with helping with the design and along with Mike Crowley, they are now offering what Pete believes is a really great saddle for campdrafting and station use. These saddles are marketed through Little Bit Country and are made locally from imported trees.