Sup­port flows in for tal­ented cow­girl after hor­ror road crash

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Women in Agriculture Conference -

VERONICA Coul­ter dreamed of show­ing her bar­rel rac­ing skills to the world in Oc­to­ber but a hor­ror crash has shat­tered those am­bi­tions.

The Fern­vale truck driver sus­tained ex­ten­sive in­juries when a four-wheel-drive hit the back of her bro­ken-down ve­hi­cle near Din­more as she checked the truck’s rear for a me­chan­i­cal is­sue.

Mes­sages of sup­port for the New Zealand-born woman have flowed in via her Face­book page, with friends prais­ing her fight­ing spirit and her strength.

“Send­ing all my love and prayers to a great friend,” Mark Quinn posted.

“Please have th­ese peo­ple in your thoughts and prayers.”

Veronica’s fam­ily also trav­elled to be with her on Tues­day – her sis­ter came from Western Aus­tralia, her fa­ther from New Zealand and her brother from Bris­bane.

Sis­ter Kim Coul­ter said: “I love you sis, I know you’re strong, just keep fight­ing.”

Veronica had qual­i­fied for the 2017 Na­tional Bar­rel Horse As­so­ci­a­tion World Cham­pi­onships held in US state of Ge­or­gia, and had been ral­ly­ing sup­port in the com­mu­nity to help her get there and prove her­self on the world stage.

“It’s a feel­ing that’s hard to de­scribe,” she said last week.

“It’s like (bar­rel rac­ing) takes me to an­other place, where I’m in my own lit­tle world – a world of just me, the horse and crazy speed.”

Glen had also qual­i­fied for the world ti­tles in a dif­fer­ent di­vi­sion and was sim­i­larly ex­cited to see his love and rid­ing coach show the Amer­i­can com­pe­ti­tion her skills.

“Veronica’s been rid­ing since she was able to walk,” he said.

“She’s proud but she doesn’t like to tell peo­ple about how she was rookie champ (when she lived) in New Zealand. This year she’s done re­ally well and she knows her stuff.”

Glen said Veronica had been re­spon­si­ble for his in­duc­tion into the rodeo sport, giv­ing him rid­ing tips along the way.

An­other friend of the fierce cow­girl had set up a GoFundMe page, which col­lected half of the $5000 goal in just three hours. Of­fer your sup­port to Veronica’s re­cov­ery by con­tact­ing her lo­cal horse as­so­ci­a­tion via d1seq@nbha.com.au or by vis­it­ing her GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/thetough­est-cow­girl-we-know.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HELP­ING OUT: A fundrais­ing page has been started for Veronica Coul­ter.

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