Strauch wins ACA championship
WHILE Australia continues to celebrate the intrepid around-the-world efforts of solo sailor Jessica Watson, Gympie has its own star sharing a name with the overnight sensation.
Jessica Strauch, 15, has won the Australian Campdrafting Association (ACA) Juvenile Championship for the south-east Queensland zone.
Topping this achievement was a seventh placing in the National Juvenile standings for 2010.
The south-east Queensland zone covers an area as far north as Gladstone out to Biloela, Gayndah and Toowoomba while extending as far south as the New South Wales border.
Strauch, burning with ambition beyond her years, gained enough points over the year of competition to take out the title competing on her two horses.
One of her horses in an 11-year-old mare by Marbo while the other is a five-year-old quarter horse gelding who is out of a Hollywood Return mare by Smart Oak.
Adding to the mix was a Romeo stallion owned by Michael Sekulich.
“It was a great weekend away catching up with (my) friends, camping over and competing,” Strauch said.
Strauch couldn’t say enough about the campdrafting community.
“It’s a great association to be involved in,” she said.
“(I have been touched by) people like Bree and Rory Brown who took me under their wing and got me seriously competing in drafting.”
Campdrafting is transforming into a popular sport, with nominations doubling over the last couple of years involving competitors as young as eight raising the dust.