The best adren­a­line rush

Monto Ru­ral Am­bas­sador Tsara Hogno puts show skills to the test

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

OUT on the Monto Show track Sunday morn­ing, Tsara Hogno felt the free­dom that comes from rid­ing.

“It’s the best adren­a­line rush there is,” she said.

Tsara was on her horse, Lo­bos, a ris­ing ten-year old Aus­tralian stock­horse.

Bred to play polo, he was sold on to take part in bar­rel races when he grew too tall.

Well-tem­pered and quiet, Lo­bos is able to carry ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers, as well as ju­niors with­out dif­fi­culty.

Tsara has been com­pet­ing in show events for more than half her life.

The show so­ci­ety, see­ing her long-stand­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in show rid­ing, thought Tsara would be the best per­son to or­gan­ise the Show Bar­rel Races.

They also put her name in as Monto Show’s ru­ral am­bas­sador.

“I have a well-rounded knowl­edge of how the or­gan­is­ing be­hind the scenes of shows goes on, so they asked if I could ap­ply, which I did,” Tsara said.

“I’ve been go­ing to shows since I was a lit­tle kid, I used to love watch­ing the horses go around and when I was big enough I started com­pet­ing.”

The ru­ral am­bas­sador award, open to men and women aged be­tween 20 and 30, is in­tended to high­light strong in­volve­ment in the lo­cal show, un­der­stand­ing of re­gional is­sues and affin­ity for ru­ral spirit.

Tsara em­bod­ies th­ese qual­i­ties not only in her ea­ger­ness to help out with show events, but also her con­nec­tion with horse rid­ing.

“The way I feel when I ride them; it’s that sense of free­dom where all your wor­ries just lift away,” she said.

“I’ve been rid­ing in show events for over 12 years.”

Out­side of rid­ing, Tsara spent most of the time man­ag­ing the event.

“It was pretty suc­cess­ful, there were some stress­ful mo­ments but that comes with or­gan­is­ing show bar­rel race rather than a nor­mal one,” Tsara said.

“You get a lot of peo­ple that just come in on the day to nom­i­nate, so then you’re try­ing to or­gan­ise peo­ple in the draws.”

The bar­rel races had a lot of rid­ers from the North Bur­nett re­gion, as well as the coastal ar­eas like Bund­aberg and Gin Gin.

Be­ing part of the di­vi­sional bar­rel races, Tsara said the at­mos­phere was pos­i­tive.

“Every­one’s en­cour­ag­ing every­one to have a great time and do their best, but there was some tough com­pe­ti­tion es­pe­cially among the ju­niors.”

In July, Tsara will rep­re­sent Monto in the Sub-cham­ber fi­nals against other Ru­ral Am­bas­sadors in a com­pre­hen­sive judg­ing process.

If suc­cess­ful, she would go onto Bris­bane at the Ekka to com­pete for the State Fi­nals, and then to a State Royal Show for Na­tion­als.

Tsara was mod­est about her chances.

“I’d like to say I have good chances, but un­til I get there I won’t know my com­pe­ti­tion so I’m go­ing to try and pre­pare my­self to the rest of my abil­ity,” she said.

With Bar­rel Rac­ing in Monto all clear for now, Tsara’s next race will be District Seven at Dallarnil with the Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion May 14.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

DRIVEN AM­BAS­SADOR: Ru­ral Am­bas­sador and Bar­rel Race or­gan­iser Tsara Hogno has been com­pet­ing at shows for 12 years.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

Tsara on her horse, Lo­bos com­pet­ing in the Monto Show Bar­rel Races.

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