Amber turns on ol' razzle dazzle at Paradise Lagoons
BARREL RACING: Amber Patteson made the arena at Paradise Lagoons her own, racing away with two big wins at the weekend's ABHA Capricorn Coast Circuit Futurity Classic.
The Ridgelands teenager won the Futurity title on her quarter horse Razzle Rok and also quinellaed the 3d barrel race.
She set the arena alight on Saturday, clocking 15.921secs in the first round of the Futurity, the only one of more than 100 riders in action to break the 16-second mark over the two days.
Emerald's Ellysa Kenny was runner-up in a hotly contested Futurity, which is open to horses aged four, five and six.
Kim Hamilton from Port Curtis won the Maturity, for horses aged seven, eight and nine, with Barcaldine's Joelene Seeds runner-up.
The annual Futurity Classic attracts some of the state's best barrel racers, and spectators were treated to some spectacular racing.
Patteson had a demanding schedule, with eight rides on Saturday and 10 on Sunday.
Asked to rate her weekend performance, she said: "Ten out of 10, definitely. My goal every year is to win the 3d. I've done that for the last three years and this time I got first and second.”
And the highlight: "Definitely running a 15.9 of my good horse Max (Razzle Rok). Everything just worked well and we had nice, tidy runs.”
Patteson didn't realise she had produced a sub-16 second run on Saturday.
"I couldn't hear them when they called it out but the crowd was cheering and my mum was standing there squealing,” she said.
"I went over and asked her what had happened and she told me my time.
"I thought, 'Holey Moley, that's so good'. I was very happy.”
Patteson has been riding horses since she was about six, starting in pony club before moving into campdrafting and then progressing to barrel racing and rodeo.
"I like it all but I think I prefer to barrel race than do anything else. I love the enthusiasm and just riding fast,” she said.
She joined forces with Razzle Rok three years ago and together they have forged a successful partnership, notching up wins at arenas across the state and beyond.
”He's a very pleasing horse and he just wants to do good by you,” Patteson said.
"You need a good bond otherwise it's not going to work.”
Patteson rides every day, be it on Razzle Rok or one of her three other horses.
The Cathedral College Year 12 student now has her sights set on winning an Australian junior title in what is her last year in the junior division.
"I've made the finals for it and they're next month in Emerald. It all goes back to a clean slate for the top 10 and from there it's anyone's game.
"I'll be riding Razzle Rok there and I'm feeling pretty confident because he's going pretty well.”
Futurity: Winner Amber Patteson, runner-up Ellysa Kenny
Maturity: Winner Kim Hamilton, runner-up Joelene Seeds
4d barrel race: Amber Patteson 1, Amber Patteson 2, Suzie Searon 3
2nd division: Amy Bean 1, Stacey Hatch 2, Joelene Seeds 3
3rd division: Sarah Stanke 1, Kate Benedict 2, Jess Ward
4th division: Davina Roberts 1, Fenella Fletcher 2, Tracey Keleher 3
Men's barrel race: Alistair Malone 1, Lindsay Cant 2, Cameron Eiser 3
Tiny tots champion: Charlee-Rose Prow
Peewee champion: Tameka Bean
Youth barrel race: Kirby Patteson
Senior youth barrel race: Montana O'Toole