Rain stops barrel event

UP-and-coming junior barrel racer Tamika Anderson will have to travel to Caboolture today to make her third Australian barrel racing team.

The first two rounds of the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) championships were scheduled for Gympie this weekend, but have been cancelled due to wet weather.

Anderson was checking the surface of the Gympie Horse and Rodeo Grounds in Jane Street yesterday and said the arena was too wet for horses and riders to compete safely.

The event has been transferred to an undercover arena in Caboolture.

“Barrel racing in the wet is hard on horses,” Anderson said.

“It can be dangerous and the horses pull up sore the next day.

The St Patrick’s College student is one of a group of Gympie racers trying to make the Australian team to compete in the United States next year. She is currently leading the 3D (third division), and running second in the 1D (first division) behind fellow Gympie club member and Noosa resident Chelsea Bartlet.

Anderson’s mother Kerrie said it was a shame the event had to be taken away from Gympie. She said the undercover arena planned for the Gympie Showgrounds would have been a great place to move the event to if it had been built.

Anderson will join more than 70 riders contesting the event, including the big names of Jo Fisher, Stacey Kettleton, Jacki Blutcher, Katrina Pugsley, Jenny Moore, Bobbi-Jo; and juniors Chelsea Bartlet, Jordan Moore, and Montana Harth.

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