Shelly Frame competes in the Western Buckle Series barrel racing competition in Chinchilla.
Shelly Frame competes in the Western Buckle Series barrel racing competition in Chinchilla. Contributed

Kicking up the dirt

BARREL RACING: Chinchilla Showgrounds was the venue for rounds five and six of the Western Buckle Series on the weekend.

Raelene Hilton who organises these events for the Queensland Barrel Racing Association (QBRA) has held six events so far with the final two events and presentation to take place in August in Chinchilla.

QBRA President Shelly Frame said Ms Hilton has done an excellent job in arranging and running these events, with the help of a few dedicated volunteers, and some help from the rain through the week, which helped make the arena surface the perfect conditions for barrel racing.

The ground held up beautifully with over 180 barrel racing runs on the day and riders coming from as far as Boomi in NSW to attend the event.

Barrel racing events run throughout the day were the Under 5 years, 5 to 10 years Led, 5 to 10 years ridden, Beginner rider, Junior 4 divisional and Open 4 divisional.

Divisional barrel racing is designed to give all level of competitors and horses the opportunity to win or place, where in a normal straight out contest this opportunity is limited.

These events have been well supported by local businesses and this support paid off with a lot of local riders from the region taking home top placings at the weekends events.

Buckles will be awarded to the riders in each of the open and junior divisions at the end of the series and trophies and other awards will be presented to the winners of all other categories. Ms Hilton said it was currently a very tight contest for all awards and will come down to the eigth and final event to decide who will take home the prizes.