WINNING COMBINATION: Ella Prow on Gecko recorded the fastest time of the day at the barrel racing at Lazy Acres on Saturday.
WINNING COMBINATION: Ella Prow on Gecko recorded the fastest time of the day at the barrel racing at Lazy Acres on Saturday. Chris Ison ROK041216cbarrelrace4

Prow clocks up impressive victory at Lazy Acres

BARREL RACING: Ella Prow and her four-year-old horse Gecko set the Lazy Acres arena alight on Saturday.

Competing in the final round of the Australian Barrel Horse Association Capricorn Coast Circuit series, the Alton Downs rider clocked the fastest time of the day (18.79secs) to win the open first division.

Amy Bean on Lola was second in 18.9secs, the only other 18-second ride of the day, while Kasey Bean on Cadillac (19.001secs) rounded out the top three.

The second placing saw Amy crowned the first division series champion, for which she received a trophy saddle and buckle.

Maree Prow was the series winner in division two and Rebecca Winnell won third division.

Co-ordinator Emma Stone said 40 open and 30 junior competitors took part in the final round of the 2016 series, the most closely contested in the event's 13-year history.

"There was some really good racing and the grounds were very fast,” she said.

"The highlight of the day was Ella winning on her young horse. She took us all by surprise.

"She really blitzed it and it was Gecko's first big win.”

The Cant sisters finished the series with buckles, Holly winning the junior youth division and Annalise the senior youth.

Stone said the series had been well supported all year and she was expecting competitor numbers to increase next year.

"The sport just keeps growing and the level of competition has really stepped up in the region,” she said.

"Our first event will be on the Australia Day long weekend in January at Lazy Acres again.”



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