Fam­ily show off trick rid­ing skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

TWO lit­tle girls and three big horses had spec­ta­tors ner­vous as they stepped into the arena at Monto show­grounds last Satur­day.

But Bre­anna Cook, 16, and seven-year-old Holly Cook’s first big per­for­mance of their Lib­erty horse work went off to huge ap­plause.

“Prac­tis­ing for this per­for­mance has been the main fo­cus this term. We train ev­ery af­ter­noon and most week­ends,” Bre­anna said.

Although she also com­petes in cam­p­draft­ing and is renown lo­cally for her trick-rid­ing, she said Lib­erty horse work was her favourite at the mo­ment.

“I like it be­cause it’s the most unique thing that I can do, so I want to keep go­ing and get even bet­ter at it”

The per­for­mance opened with Bre­anna can­ter­ing into the stage on her horse, Scooter, and another horse Sundance, with Holly and her horse, LeRoy, hid­den un­der a tarp.

After pulling the tarp off Holly and LeRoy, the girls per­formed tricks on and off horse­back, all of which re­quired in­cred­i­ble con­trol and un­der­stand­ing of the an­i­mals.

Bre­anna Cook Prac­tis­ing for this per­for­mance has been the main fo­cus this term.

“There was one act where Holly had to ride one handed and with no stir­rups – that’s pretty good when she’s only seven,” Bre­anna said proudly.

The show ended with LeRoy sit­ting down and the girls and other horses bow­ing to the crowd.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

SKILLED: Bre­anna and Holly Cook wowed the crowds with their Lib­erty horse work last Satur­day.

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