Barrel racers to take on bikes
IT’S not often motorbikes go head-to-head with barrel racers, but this is what punters can expect during the fifth round of the Buckles Series, hosted by the Gympie Horse and Rodeo Association this weekend.
The fifth round of the popular series kicked off yesterday evening at 7pm with the junior team penning followed by beginner competitors.
This morning at 7am, junior beginners team penning raises the curtain on a day overflowing with action.
From 8am, team events start, including barrel racing, roping, steer undecorating and, a major highlight of the program, the open team penning finals.
“There are buckles, money and heaps of prizes up for grabs,” Gympie Horse and Rodeo Association spokesperson Kerrie Anderson said.
The main event after the open finals at about 3pm will see motorbikes going head-to-head with barrel racers.
In total, there will be six horses and six bikes and fastest time wins.
One of the match ups in the bikes versus barrel racers is Anderson’s daughter Tamika taking on her uncle Greg Watson.
Tamika will be a formidable opponent after representing Australia at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth Championships in America earlier this year.
Other local barrel racers in action include Sheree Bright, Sue Bartlett and Jeanette Peode.
The Gympie Horse and Rodeo Association grounds can be found on Jane Street, off the Bruce Highway near the Queens Park Tennis Courts.