2 riders saddle up for the US
INTERNATIONAL barrel racers Tamika Anderson, of Gunalda, and Melanie Stedman, of Gympie, will take on the United States again this year after re-qualifying for the Australian team to compete at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships.
The pair competed to accumulate points and national rankings throughout 2012 and their skill has earned them another spot in the Aussie team to travel to the competition in July this year.
They will be joined by a bigger team than in previous years, with Australia opting to take both first and second-ranked riders to the event for the first time.
The July trip to the US for the NBHA Youth World Championships will be the second time for Stedman while Anderson will be heading over for her sixth appearance.
Anderson recently returned home from Tamworth where she competed in the Flying H Ranch Invitational Barrel Race where 140 riders saddled up.
Anderson finished in an impressive third spot in the 2D junior division.
The riding pair will this year compete against a larger contingent in their region, with the NBHA District 2 expanding from Gympie to Gin Gin and out to Jandowea.
The expansion will give more riders the chance to get to competitions and work towards their own place in the Australian team.