Indige­nous rodeo

First-timers step up for Woorie rodeo

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD Zhanae.con­way-dodd@apn.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA

LOVES HER HORSES: Cheyneisha Huxley-Wilkie com­peted at the rodeo.

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA

Brian Dug­gan from Round­about Rodeo sup­plied the bulls for the rodeo.

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