Glamour sparkles in barrel racing

Josephine Howell's style tip to looking fabulous is to
Josephine Howell's style tip to looking fabulous is to "be your own person". Photo Anastassia Perets / Central and North Burnett Times Annie Perets

BARREL racing's glamorous component allows for competitors like Josephine Howell an extra chance to express themselves.

"I like the bling and just being my own person," she said.

Sporting a sparkly top, pearl necklace and red lippy, Howell felt right at home - and she was.

The 20-year-old Monto girl felt over-the-moon to see the National Barrel Horse Association bring an event to her doorsteps.

"This is my sport, it's what I do for a living," she said.

"This is the first time the event has come to Monto in about two years.

"Every week, I travel for at least three hours so to have it at home feels really great."

The barrel racing aspect involves competitors riding in a clover leaf pattern in a timed manner.

Based on finishing times, the riders are placed into divisions with half a second between them.

Competitor Sue Bartlett drove from Gympie for the weekend, and said the trip was definitely worth it.

"Riders from Monto come down to Gympie often, so I wanted to come here and support them," she said.

Bartlett was the only entrant to place in the top division on the Saturday.

"Being in the 1d division is where you want to go and what we aim for," she said.

"The different divisions mean you don't have to be a top rider to take out prize money."

Her horse Roc'n' Elvis joined in on the glamorous agenda, looking fabulous in accessories.

"If you look like a winner, you'll be a winner," Bartlett said.

The weekend included opportunities for juniors, with barrel and poles event.

Arlie Eden might only be nine years old, but has plenty of tips for how to be successful.

"Keep your legs in a good position and hands and the rope at a good length," she said.

"Then, you've just got to hold on."

Sitting on top of her horse Hayley, Arlie said the size of the animal is not intimidating.

"Riding a big horse isn't that scary," she said.

"My mum puts me on the saddle and I go.

"I have never known a horse more quiet than Hayley, I am so lucky to have her."

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