Goomeri rider takes ti­tle

Tassa N, Bry­die makes for a smart com­bi­na­tion to win

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

BRY­DIE Hughes, of Goomeri, rode her way to win the Mark El­liott Me­mo­rial Stock­man’s Chal­lenge at Biggen­den Show. She said she was thrilled. “I owe my win all to my part­ner NathanWil­son, who has trained me this past seven months,” she said. “He fine­tunes me and gives me his best horse.

That best horse is Tassa N Smart, not only win­ning the Mark El­liott Me­mo­rial but also the Rocky Rush, the week be­fore.

Bry­die said she had also won the rook­ies sec­tion at the Rocky Rush while Tassa N Smart’s prog­eny won the clas­sic.

The cou­ple will now head off to Horse of the Month at Char­ters Tow­ers.

Or­gan­iser Belinda Staib said the chal­lenge was once again a suc­cess.

“This year we in­tro­duced a dry work pat­tern and a campdraft leg to the chal­lenge,” she said.

The judge was Curtis Ilet from Crows Nest.

Mr Ilet con­grat­u­lated Belinda Staib for or­gan­is­ing the event by her­self.

Mar­i­lyn McCul­loch, who was judge last year, won the ju­nior chal­lenge rid­ing her own colt Hoaths Peter.

Ms Staib said Mar­i­lyn was also placed third on him at the Mary­bor­ough Chal­lenge the fol­low­ing week.

“She is fol­low­ing the Stock­man’s Chal­lenges and will be trav­el­ling and com­pet­ing at Char­ter Tow­ers and Clon­curry in the next cou­ple of months.”

Ms Staib said the cat­tle were re­ally good.

“My thanks must go to the cat­tle donors,” she said.

“There were some gen­er­ous dona­tions for tro­phies

“This is great to see peo­ple want­ing to get on board and sup­port our show.”

STOCK­MAN’S CHAL­LENGE: Judge Curtis Ilet casts his eye over Anita Cooper's dry work.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

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