REWARDING MOMENT: Tamara Buczma with her horses Little Fella, Beaver and Bindi has enjoyed great success on the barrel racing circuit this year.
REWARDING MOMENT: Tamara Buczma with her horses Little Fella, Beaver and Bindi has enjoyed great success on the barrel racing circuit this year. Trisha Beddows

Tamara bags two saddles

BARREL RACING: Hard work has paid off for Biggenden rider Tamara Buczma who claimed two championships at the NBHA Association presentation ceremony at Gunalda.

Tamara won the Junior 1D championship and the Junior 2D championship. She was also crowned reserve champion in the Open 1D division.

Tamara, who rode at Gunalda and Dallarnil, was presented with two saddles at the end-of-year presentations and two belt buckles to acknowledge her efforts. She also received a breast plate for her horse, Beaver, for her performances in the open division.

Tamara, who has been riding since she was six years old, said the prizes would come in handy.

"I won't have to keep swapping saddles between my horses Little Fella, Beaver and Bindi,” she said.

"The wins were a reward for the hard work I've had put in.”

Tamara is studying to be an enrolled nurse, attends TAFE and works as a nurse's assistant at Gunther Retirement Village at Gayndah and the Biggenden MPHS.

The tight work schedule means Tamara needs to remain focused to find time to train at Nathan Wilson's complex near Biggenden or the Dallarnil Sportsground.

Her dedication has however paid off as she has accrued enough points to qualify to compete at the MBHA world championships in America next year.

This is the second time Tamara has headed overseas to compete. In 2016 she and Dallarnil's Emi Carlson travelled to America to represent Australia in the Panama NBHA Youth International competition.

Tamara said she would now be turning her attentions to raising money to finance the trip.

"Unlike last time I now have horse and gear hire along with accommodation and of course some spending money,” she said.

Tamara has already attracted the support of jewellery and scarf makers Leisa and Matti Drake of Childers who trade as Max and Jelli.

Tamara's success is all the more remarkable consider- ing one of her horses, Bindi, is blind in one eye.

"She runs two drums blind but has the trust in me to get around the course,” Tamara said.


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