Barrel racers saddle up for Round 2 of CCC
BARREL RACING: Amy Bean will look to continue on her winning way when she saddles up for the second round of the ABHA Capricorn Coast Circuit this weekend.
Bean, the 2016 titleholder, won the opening round of the 2017 circuit on Lola last month and will be out to repeat the effort at the Gracemere Saleyards tomorrow.
Event co-ordinator Emma Douglas said entries were strong, with more than 70 horses in the 3d and about 40 juniors set to compete.
She said Bean could expect some a serious challenge from last year's Futurity Classic winner Jess Thomas on her horse Royal n Swift and from Kasey Bean on Cadillac who was producing some good times.
"This year we've got some big competition in the junior youth category (11-14 years) with Bianca Lumby, Dusty Lasker and Kirby Patteson," Douglas said.
"We've had a really good start to the season with good numbers for the opening two rounds, and we are going to have 14 rounds for the year."
Douglas said preparations were also in full swing for the 2017 Futurity Classic to be held in May.
Anticipation is growing that it could exceed last year's event, which was the biggest futurity ever staged in Queensland.
"In the actual futurity we had 32 horses but over the whole weekend we paid out over $17,000 in prize money as well as prizes," Douglas said.
"It just continues to get bigger and bigger and we had competitors come from as far south as Tamworth, out to Longreach and up to Townsville."
Racing starts at 9am tomorrow.