Young horse trainer back from her whirl­wind US trip

Monto girl per­forms with top US rid­ers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­

SHE rode top-class cut­ting horses and per­formed Ro­man rid­ing at the Austin Rodeo but the high­light of Bre­anna Cook’s US trip was a lit­tle less sen­sa­tional.

“Can­ter­ing a horse through snow, that was pretty cool,” she said.

It’s no won­der the sub-zero tem­per­a­tures were a thrill for the young wo­man to re­call, as she is cur­rently back home on her fam­ily’s cat­tle prop­erty near Monto in Queens­land.

She’s back af­ter a three-month stint in Amer­ica, where she learnt from lib­erty, cut­ting and trick-rid­ing horse train­ers.

Bre­anna is de­ter­mined to make a name for her­self as trainer, so left home soil to learn from some of the best abroad.

“I re­ally like learn­ing about the train­ing that goes into cut­ting horses. I want to go into that field and learn more about that… but I still love the adrenalin rush of trick rid­ing,” she said. “And train­ing horses for lib­erty is so re­ward­ing. I want to keep do­ing it all.”

Be­fore leav­ing she had a rough plan of where she wanted to go.

“I had got in con­tact with a trick-rid­ing trainer, so I was there for two weeks. I knew peo­ple who had gone to him be­fore so I kind of had prior knowl­edge,” she said.

“Af­ter that I went to a cut­ting-horse stud to get some ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing that for two weeks – I ended up stay­ing there for about a month. The trainer, Dar­ren Simp­kins, was ac­tu­ally an Aus­tralian and they were all re­ally great to me.”

From there, Bre­anna scored a spot per­form­ing along­side the Dy­na­mite Dames at the Austin Rodeo – rid­ing in the event’s Wild West tent.

“That was amaz­ing to per­form along­side them, watch­ing how they han­dle the crowd and get­ting to ride their horses,” she said.

She no­ticed one sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween Aus­tralian and Amer­i­can trick rid­ers: pace.

“They go a lot faster,” she said. “That made it chal­leng­ing as I wasn’t used to go­ing that fast. It made me build my con­fi­dence and forced me to step up a lit­tle bit.”

Bre­anna has three per­for­mances lined up this year, in­clud­ing one at the Pi­o­neer Val­ley Agri­cul­tural Show in June.

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BAL­ANC­ING ACT: Bre­anna Cook trick rid­ing while in the US on Dol­lar, who was orig­i­nally a mustang and trained by Gin­ger Duke, man­ager of the Dy­na­mite Dames.


Bre­anna trick rid­ing with Dol­lar when she was per­form­ing with the Dy­na­mite Dames.


Train­ing a two-year-old at Carol Ward Cut­ting Horses.


Ro­man rid­ing on Easy and Ike.

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