Kelsey will chase dream in campdraft
KELSEY Verhoeven was born to ride horses.
The 14- year-y old from Julia Creek k cannot remember a time when horses were not part of her life. She began riding from the tender age of just 12 months.
Such is Kelsey’s passion that she is already making her name in the competitive world of campdrafting, having won a title in the juvenile section in May.
“I love riding and myy favourite event is campdrafting g,” she said.
Juggling her schoolwork with her passion for horses, Kelsey competes at up to seven events throughout the northwest of Queensland each season, including Bedourie, Richmond and Dajarra, and she is itching to get to the Sedan Dip campdraft, racing and rodeo event, 100km north of Julia Creek, from August 18- 20. “I ride once a week just getting my horses ready for the campdraft,” Kelsey said.
MANE AMBITION: Kelsey Verhoeven, 14, leads horse Levi at dusk at the Julia Creek Pony Club.