At liberty to entertain the crowds
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.