Little strikes it big with Fame
WANDOAN rider Rachel Little and her star stallion Miracle Fame have grabbed their own slice of fame.
The pair united to take home the biggest share of the prizemoney on offer at the Australian Barrel Horse Association's Cap Coast Barrel Racing Blitz at Gracemere Saleyards at the weekend.
Based on a property near the small country town of Wandoan, 4.5 hours south west of Rockhampton, Little and the six-year-old Miracle Fame were the stars of the show.
Little imported Miracle Fame from the US as a one-year-old and managed to rein in the sometimes fractious stallion which flourished in the big CQLX Gracemere Saleyards arena.
The pair combined to win the Open 4D event and both round one and two of the Futurity events at the weekend.
Little (17.757) edged out Sheree Bright on Gem (18.026) in the opening round before proving too good for Jaimi Downing on Cruiser (18.065) and the rest of the field in round two of the Futurity to win on averages with 35.537.
Downing and Bright finished second and third respectively.
Ridgelands rider Kirby Patterson finished ahead of sisters Madison and Makayla Hill in the Junior Youth event while Goovigen-based rider Zara Benjamin starred on Storm, and then on Grumby to take the top two spots in the Senior Youth event.
Alton Downs-based Anna Hamilton riding Troupedor won the Novice Horse and Rider event ahead of Gin Gin's Loretta Duckett and Alton Downs' Lexi Spannagle.
The Futurity event is ABHA Cap Coast Barrel Racing Blitz's main event of the year.
Maree Prow said she and fellow event organiser Tania Brannock couldn't have asked for more with the event a popular success.
"It went very well. Everyone had a great time, we had over 500 runs and it turned out to be the biggest event of its kind in Central Queensland," Prow said.
"We had 105 competitors in the 4D alone so it really was a great turnout."
The region's top riders will now turn their attention toward the ABHA National Finals 2014 to be staged at Tamworth next month.
The finals will be held from August 22-24 at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre in the New South Wales town, described as the equine capital of Australia.
ABHA Cap Coast Barrel Racing Blitz 2014
July 5-6 at Gracemere Saleyards
Futurity: 1 Rachel Little, 2 Jaimi Downing, 3 Sheree Bright.
Senior Youth Zara Benjamin, Junior Youth Montana O'Toole, Pee Wees Kirby Patterson, Novice Horse and Rider Anna Hamilton, Derby Jaimi Dowling; Open 4D: 1D Rachel Little, 2D Montana O'Toole, 3D Josephine Howell, 4D Cherylee Voss