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Barrel racing school held

Horse riders practice their new skills at the barrel racing school in Gunalda at the weekend.
Horse riders practice their new skills at the barrel racing school in Gunalda at the weekend. Submitted

AMERICAN couple Mitch and Carolyn Shoemake flew to Australia to conduct a barrel racing school in Gunalda at the weekend.

The pair touched down in Australia last week and held the school at the Gunalda Campdrafting Grounds, in conjunction with the Anderson family.

Kerrie Anderson, her daughter Tamika and son Jayden met Mitch and Carolyn last year when Tamika was chosen to compete the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) World Championships.

The Andersons stayed with the American couple for a period of time leading up to the competition and Tamika used one of their horses to compete on.

Kerrie was thrilled by their visit to Gunalda and said the barrel racing school was a complete success.

“Things have been very hectic,” she said.

“We learnt so much and just had the most awesome time.

“We even had a cowboy church Sunday morning.”

The barrel racing school comes at an opportune time with Tamika and Jayden again due to head over to the United States of America in five weeks time for this year’s NBHA Junior World Championships.

“This has been a fantastic preparation for the (NBHA World Junior Championships),” Kerrie said.

Before Mitch and Carolyn head back to the United States, a visit to Australia Zoo was planned yesterday – something certain to be memorable for being distinctly Australian.

Gympie Times