Chelsea Longney and Tina Ross are two of the starters in the barrel racing weekend at the Warwick Showgrounds on January 28-29.
Chelsea Longney and Tina Ross are two of the starters in the barrel racing weekend at the Warwick Showgrounds on January 28-29. Gerard Walsh

Barrel racing series to start at Warwick Showgrounds

BARREL RACING: The Warwick Show and Rodeo Society will hold a stand-alone barrel racing event for the first time on January 28-29.

There are 70 nominations already and more are welcome by the closing time of midnight Monday to sarah.bourke@warwick rodeo.com.au.

Sarah Bourke said the event was the first in a series of four run by the society under the Australian Barrel Horse Association.

"There will be 10 buckles to be presented after the January 28-29 event. Riders can nominate to compete on as many horses as they like,” she said.

There will be four open divisions, four junior divisions and buckles for the 11-and-under age group and the classic, a barrel racing competition between riders with four-, five- and six-year-old horses.

Tina Ross, from Warwick, has competed in barrel racing since 1992 and won a rookie title in the National Rodeo Association.

"I will compete on two horses, Red Hot Freckles and Honey,” Ross said.

"We appreciate the support from local businesses which have paid for buckles and provided feed, merchandise and other prizes for the event.”

Chelsea Longney, the Queensland Barrel Racing Association 11-years-and-under champion last year, will compete on Calypso Honeymoon.

One family is coming from from Western Australia. Other riders will travel from Singleton, Wee Waa and Rockhampton.

Among the favourites is Moree rider Wendy Caban who is a title winner in the APRA.

All are welcome to watch the action at the showgrounds next weekend.



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