At lib­erty to en­ter­tain the crowds

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BUD­DING lib­erty trainer and trick rider Bre­anna Cook has plans to turn her love for horses into a pro­fes­sion and she had her first paid gig at the Eidsvold Show at the week­end.

The Monto teen started work­ing with her horses un­re­strained about a year ago and on Sun­day she showed the crowd just what you could do with­out sad­dles, bri­dles or ropes.

Faith­ful steeds Scooter, 3, Sun­dance, 9 and Leroy, with the help of Bre­anna’s cousin Holly, 8, showed just how grace­fully horses and hu­mans could work to­gether, with dis­plays of trick rid­ing, mark train­ing and fol­low­ing body lan­guage cues.

Bre­anna said she al­ways had con­fi­dence in her horses but she sur­prised her­self with her own per­for­mance in front of the crowd.

“I’m not much of a public speaker,” she said.

“It was nerve rack­ing, but I was very ex­cited to do it.

“I do have con­fi­dence in my horses but when you’re out there you do have to be a bit cau­tious be­cause you don’t want to stuff it up.”

Bre­anna said work­ing with­out re­straints built trust be­tween her­self and her horses.

“They have a lot more trust in us,” she said.

“They aren’t re­strained, they know when they’ve done some­thing wrong but they get to make that mis­take.”

If the re­ac­tion from the crowd at Eidsvold was any­thing to go by the show was a great suc­cess, but it was just the be­gin­ning.

Bre­anna has three more bookings to en­ter­tain at shows in Al­pha, Capella and Emer­ald later this month and early next month. “I’d like to do more shows and teach other peo­ple about it (lib­erty train­ing),” she said.

“It’s good to have Holly on board too.

“I love to be able to teach kids.”


LIB­ERTY ACT: Bre­anna Cook, 17 and cousin Holly Cook, 8, wow­ing the crowd at the Eidsvold Show.

Holly Cook, 8, guides Leroy onto a box for as part of the per­for­mance.

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