Rac­ing in Dim­bu­lah with flair

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bec Singh

HORSE rid­ers from Far North Queens­land showed off their skills to the Ma­reeba Shire with some nail-bit­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the fi­nal meet of the year.

The Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion district 5 club held their fi­nal two rounds of the year at Dim­bu­lah.

Spec­ta­tors watched sk­il­ful rid­ers as the com­pe­ti­tion brought out some friendly com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Bar­rel rac­ing re­quires the rider and horse to work to­gether and com­pete for the fastest time.

Rid­ers run around three bar­rels in a clover leaf pat­tern with the fastest rider win­ning.

NBHA district 5 Far North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Re­nee Bos­ton said it was a great way to fin­ish off a fan­tas­tic year.

“It was a suc­cess­ful event and we will be try­ing to fundraise in the wet sea­son to make the event big­ger for next year,” she said.

An op-shop bar­rel round brought out the fun side of the rid­ers as com­peti­tors dressed to the theme of bridal and for­mal.

Miss Bos­ton found a wed­ding dress for a bar­gain but said the dif­fi­culty was try­ing not to scare her horse.

“It was cheap at the op shop but it looked good in the end,” she said.

“My horse was a bit scared as I walked up but once he knew it was me it did not im­pact on my race.”

The off-sea­son will pro­vide the horses with a break and rid­ing will start next year af­ter the wet sea­son.

Pic­ture: PETER ROY - www.pe­ter­roypho­tog­ra­pher.com.au

NBHA district 5 Far North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Re­nee Bos­ton shows off her great skills by bar­rel rac­ing in a wed­ding dress.

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