First-timers step up for Woorie rodeo
A HORSE broken in just six months ago competed for the first time at the Woorabinda rodeo at the weekend.
As the horse – Malibu – had never barrel raced, owner Cheyneisha Huxley-Wilie had her hesitations but trusted in the training she had given her young horse.
Her efforts and hard work paid off, with the 21-year-old taking out third in the barrel race on Saturday.
With six competitors entered in the barrels at the weekend, Cheyneisha swapped out horses on the Sunday and ran again.
She landed herself fourth place with an overall cheque for third of the weekend.
Woorabinda rodeo committee member Tim Thompson said the rodeo was a hit, with spectators and competitors coming from Baralaba, Mackay and all across central Queensland.
“It ended up a really, really good weekend. Everything was just fantastic,” he said.
“Brian Duggan and his crew from Roundabout Rodeo run a superb show and everyone else involved – and there’s just too many people to name – worked really hard to make it a huge success.”
Cheyneisha said it was a good experience to put all of her and Malibu’s training into action.
“I’ve competed in other horse events before, local shows with led classes and some Australian stock horse classes, but it’s good to get out and do something different,” she said.
“I broke him in March last year, so he’s only been in work for a year and a bit.
“I’ve been working on him a lot more in the last couple of months to get him ready.”
Cheyneisha’s fascination with horses began at a young age and she has worked around them ever since.
“I got into riding horses through my grandfather Neville Huxley in Charters Towers,” she said.
“Pretty much just fell in love with them and everything I do involved horses.”
Working on Foley Vale Station near Duaringa, Cheyneisha focuses on cattle work during the week and her horses at the weekend.
“I work on a station and we do a lot of cattle work out there. I’ve been working there just over a year now,” she said.
“Mainly we do a lot of
❝ I broke him in March last year, so he’s only been in work for a year and a bit. — Cheyneisha Huxley-Wilkie
mustering and cattle work, but when mustering season is over we are fencing and yard building, just doing odd jobs around the station.
“We’ve got a lot of cropping at the moment, so we’re getting that done.”
While Cheyneisha is busy during the week working cattle, she says the weekends are all hers.
“I get the weekends off, so it gives me more than enough time to work on my young horses,” she said.
“They are worth all the money and time you put into them – obviously they end up loving you.”
LOVES HER HORSES: Cheyneisha Huxley-Wilkie competed at the rodeo.
Brian Duggan from Roundabout Rodeo supplied the bulls for the rodeo.