Young horse trainer back from her whirlwind US trip
Monto girl performs with top US riders
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.