Back in sad­dle after fall

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Murree

CAMPDRAFT: A fall while competing in the Tee­bar Sports open draft didn’t stop Sharon Lohse from con­tin­u­ing.

The long-time cam­p­drafter was competing in the first round of the open draft on her horse Donny when the beast clipped rider and horse.

“The beast had its head un­der my leg, which dis­lodged me from the horse,” she said.

“When I landed I whacked the back of my head and ribs.”

De­spite be­ing winded, Lohse con­tin­ued rid­ing.

Lohse said she never con­sid­ered stop­ping.

“There was no way I couldn’t ride,” she said.

“After the first round on my other horse, Pip, I was sit­ting sec­ond on 89 points, only one point be­hind the leader.”

At the end of a fur­ther two rounds in the open draft, a re­lieved Lohse was fourth on Pip.

Lohse bought Yulgilba Phillips Girl, or Pip for short, for a brood mare two years ago.

She said Pip lost a foal prior to her ar­riv­ing on trans­port from Yulig­ilbar Quar­ter Horse Stud at El­gee Park in Vic­to­ria.

“I asked the man­ager if Pip was a rid­den mare and was told she had one year of rein­ing train­ing as a two-year-old,” she said.

Lohse started Pip firstly at shows last year.

“At the first show she won all her rid­den classes and cham­pion led quar­ter horse,” she said.

“After suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing four shows, I started Pip at a few drafts and chal­lenges.

“That’s where she won the Mark El­liott Memo­rial Stock­man’s chal­lenge at Biggen­den Show.”

Lohse was pre­par­ing her for the Clon­curry Chal­lenge when Pip was in­jured.

It was thought she wouldn’t be able to com­pete again.

How­ever, after 10 months of re­hab Pip went back into com­pe­ti­tion in April and fol­lowed up with more wins at four shows.

Lohse’s in­ter­est in horses be­gan at an early age.

As a child and up un­til her mar­riage to hus­band Robert, Lohse rode and com­peted in dres­sage and hack­ing.

She said as Robert ac­tively com­peted in cam­p­draft­ing, she started draft­ing his stock­horses.

“Then as our three chil­dren got old enough they all com­peted,” she said.

“Cam­p­draft­ing is a great fam­ily sport where all the fam­ily can en­joy competing to­gether.”

Lohse said she had al­ways had stock­horses.

“I moved into quar­ter horses firstly for breed­ing pur­poses to cross our stock­horse blood,” she said.

“How­ever, after buy­ing Pip I have been so happy with her abil­ity as an ex­cel­lent all-rounder I have pur­chased her filly Catsablue, a colt by High­brow Cat US stal­lion.”

Lohse said Pip was only a maiden horse.

“She has shown her abil­ity in draft­ing very quickly,” she said.

“She gets bet­ter ev­ery run.

“Pip has only had a lim­ited num­ber of starts but is con­sis­tent in her abil­ity and com­mit­ment to run.”

Lohse de­scribed Pip as a sweet and kind-na­tured mare.

“She al­ways tries her hard­est,” she said.

As Pip was so good, Lohse also pur­chased her filly Gypsy.

Lohse said Gypsy was in train­ing with Nathan Wilson Train­ing Sta­bles near Biggen­den.

“Cut­ting looks like be­ing her tal­ented area,” she said

Lohse did an em­bryo trans­fer pro­gram with Pip last year and is await­ing a foal in Oc­to­ber.

She said there had been in­quiries from peo­ple want­ing to pur­chase em­bryos.

“Pip is sent down to Ken­nal­ly­wood breed­ing cen­tre, where Holly Hall Per­rin con­ducts ETs at Coly­chelle,” she said.

❝ There was no way I couldn’t ride.

— Sharon Lohse


WARM­ING UP: Sharon Lohse with her horses Donny and Pip be­fore competing at the Tee­bar Campdraft.


Sharon Lohse works the camp.


The gates open and Sharon Lohse is off.

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