First-time riders ready for New Year's Eve
RODEO: Tracy Vellacott and Shannon Aspinall are having a crash course in horse riding in preparation for the celebrity barrel race at the New Year' Eve Rodeo at the Warwick Showgrounds.
The good friends are being coached by Shannon's husband Mick, a national championship winning cutting horse rider.
"This is our first major adventure since we went to Toowoomba for pole fitness,” Vellacott said.
"We don't have a target time for the barrel race,” Shannon said.
"Dead last is better than DNF, did not finish.”
The pair are part of a field of nine for the celebrity barrel race on New Year's Eve.
Pauline Pickering hasn't been in a barrel race since pony club but has plenty of experience on a horse after winning an Australian championship in showjumping in 1989.
"I haven't been on a horse for competition for 19 years, it should be a bit of fun on New Year's Eve,” she said.
Celebrity race organiser Karen Burraston is also competing and said her main aim was to still be in the saddle at the end.
"I did compete in a barrel race at a fund-raising event 12 months ago,” Burraston said.
Peter Bradfield has travelled to more equestrian events than he can remember with wife Christine and daughters Amy and Emily competing around the country.
"Emily has been in a couple of barrel races but I haven't.”
Major sponsor Brad Steele from Steele's Bakery admitted a week before the event he was getting nervous about the barrel race.
"I will be using horse power to get around the barrels,” he said.
The rodeo starts at 4pm Saturday and the celebrity barrel race will be at 5pm. Rough stock events will start at 5.30pm and the action will continue to 9pm. Entertainment will follow with music from Mik Oberle from Jimboomba.
CELEBRITY BARREL RACE STARTERS
Pauline Pickering (Globe Accounting/Warwick Credit Union)
Brad Steele (Steele's Bakery)
Shannon Aspinall Accounting
Tracy Vellacott (local personality)
Karen Banks (Talk n Heads Hairdresser)
Karen Burraston (APRA)
Gerard Walsh (Daily News)
Peter Bradfield Building
Geoff Grant (Warwick Show and Rodeo Society)