Barrelling along to beat the clock

Horse spectacular at Carrick barrel racer

Barrelling along
to beat the clock

OCTOBER 2015 |

PONIES PRANCED, stallions strutted and riders raced around the barrel course, all to the strains of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

The Stallion Showcase and Equine Trade Expo held recently at Quercus Park, Carrick attracted a crowd in the hundreds.

Stallions were paraded for onlookers to assess their value as breeding prospects.

Exhibitions of ‘horse yoga’, pole bending, equine dentistry, and a miniature horse performance entertained while a number a trade stalls provided a range of horse goods for sale.

The Showcase and Expo was organised by the Tasmanian Pinto Society to provide a one- stop-shop for horse people.

Pictured is Shayleigh Ingelse, the winner of the Barrel Racing competition.

Barrel racing is a western event primarily for women in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around barrels in the fastest time.

It combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully manoeuvre a horse in a pattern around three barrels placed in a triangle in the centre of an arena.

 Mike Moores