Riders take on Mega barrels in Gympie
BARREL RACING: The Gympie Horse and Rodeo Association Grounds will host the first round of the Performax Makin It Mega Barrel Racing series this weekend.
The competition will be held at the Gympie grounds at Jane St for an 11am start on Saturday and 9am start Sunday.
The organisers of Speed2Succeed are affiliated with the Australian Barrel Horse Association which has more than 1500 members.
Speed2Succeed directors Sheree Bright and Sue Bartlett run the event from scratch with the help of volunteers.
Bright said they think this event will be the biggest Queensland has ever had and the second biggest in Australia, with around 180 open riders expected.
Australian barrel racing champion Jo Caldwell is among the big names expected here. "Sue and I have always had a dream to grow barrel racing in Australia," Bright said.
The riders are coming from Victoria and Northern Queensland and everywhere in between.
This is the third year Speed2Succeed Barrel Racing Productions has put on this event, which continues to grow.
Speed2Succeed director Sheree Bright said all six rounds, held over three weekends, of the series will be hosted at Gympie and will attract riders from all over Australia.
There is barrel racing for the whole family from Little Drummers (under-10s) and beginners through to advanced riders.
The event also includes Futurity for the young horses coming through the ranks (4, 5 & 6-year-olds) which already has 31 nominations.
At the end of the series Speed2Success gives away five saddles and 14 champion buckles.
Speed2Succeed also helps send the weekend winners of the Open 4D Divisions and the Junior 4D Divisions to America to compete in the All American Youth World Barrel Race and the Mega Barrel Race.
S2S pays the nomination fees and $500 towards flights for Aussie riders to have this opportunity.