District 10 of the National Barrel Horse Association kicked off its year with a hotly contested event at Canungra on February 2.
About 60 competitors ranging in age from three-60 converged on the Canungra Showgrounds to see who could guide their horse around the barrels in the cloverleaf pattern the fastest across two rounds.
District 10 media officer Stacey Freeman said organisers were pleased with the turnout and the standard of riding at the first competition of the season.
“It was a pretty big event to start the year, which was a positive,” she said.
“It was also very competitive with a lot of good runs.
“We’re very happy with how it went.”
Competitors were vying for points which are totalled together to determine the District Champions later in the season who earn the chance to qualify to compete in America in October at the NBHA World Championships.
Round winners included Stacey Freeman, who rode her way to victory in round one of the Open Division and also secured top points in the Derby event.
Janice Lancaster took the win in round two of the Open Division.
Maddison Kimber proved unassailable as she triumphed in both rounds in the Junior Division.
In the Futurity event, it was Courtney Manttan who prevailed, while Willow Cole claimed the five-10 year age group.
In the pole bending events Tahliah Pugsley clinched the opens, and the diminutive Shakira Hilton stormed home on her horse Carbines Lethal Copy to take the junior and five-10 year events.
The National Barrel Horse Association has districts all over the country. District 10 encompasses the Beaudsert, Rathdowney and Canungra areas, with some travelling from as far as Caboolture to be a part of the club.
Freeman, who is a second generation rider still competing in the open age group, said the sport of barrel racing was suited to all ages and the National Barrel Horse Association catered to all skill levels.
She said District 10 fostered a friendly, family environment and she encouraged anyone interested to become involved.
“I’ve got an extended family all over the countryside,” she said.
If you would like to try barrel racing, it is not necessary to be a member.
The club offers daily memberships for $20 which covers insurance.
Lessons can be undertaken at additional cost.
District 10’s next event is at Kalvale Arena on February 23.
For more information, contact Stacey Freeman on 0406 536 017.
You can also find the group on Facebook and nbhaaustralia.com