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