Back in saddle after fall
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.