Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Born Rider Clinches National Rodeo Title; Cheyenne, 14, Shows the Open Field How It's Done

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Born Rider Clinches National Rodeo Title; Cheyenne, 14, Shows the Open Field How It's Done

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Byline: JOSEPHINE GILLESPIE josephine.gillespie@qt.com.au

USING her ability and horsemanship skills beyond her years, plucky Mt Tarampa cowgirl Cheyenne Whitwell has taken out a national barrel-racing title.

The skilful teen recently secured the National Rodeo Association open barrel race championship title at the national finals rodeo series held at Brothers Leagues Club in November.

At 14 she is the second-youngest competitor to ever win a national title in the open ranks of rodeo.

"It is fun and exciting," Cheyenne said.

"You don't realise how fast you're going."

Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around pre-set barrels in the fastest time.

It combines the horse's athletic ability and the skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully manoeuvre a horse around three barrels placed in a triangle in the centre of the arena.

After working together for seven years, Cheyenne said she and horse Rebel had developed a close bond. …

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