Riders trained to race
SITTING astride a horse comes easily to Adele Edwards.
The Gundagai-based, four-time winner of the ABCRA All Round Champion title, was in Emerald recently to conduct a barrel racing school for beginners to advanced riders.
Adele explained the purpose of the school and what it would teach the riders and their horses was to improve technique.
“We are trying to get the girls to train their horses to ride the perfect barrel racing pattern,” she said.
“What we are trying to achieve is the most efficient way around that drum.
“My philosophy is the quickest way around a circle is with another circle.”All the riders and horses were put through their paces, using techniques they could work on in their own surrounds.
“I call this the one-drum exercise, the one they are working on now,” Adele explained.
“But also we did exercises through cones, about eight or 10 different exercises with the cones set up in a line.”
The school was held at Running M Ranch, with Jeff and Shellie Miller hosting.
“The set-up out here is great and everyone has done really well with learning the new techniques,” Adele said.
Shellie also participated in the school.
“We had 10 students plus myself and the tuition was awesome,” Shellie said of Adele’s guidance.
“I have learnt heaps already and my horse is 20 times better already.
“Adele has taught us to teach our horses, and there is a varying degree of horses here.”
There were horses that had won money and novice horses at the school.
“All this tuition caters for both,” Shellie explained.
“It’s good to bring your older horses back to do this stuff, so it keeps them honest and keeps them doing the job really well, and it teaches the younger horses to get to that stage.”
At the school were riders from Rockhampton, Blackwater, Blackall, Anakie and Emerald.
Adele Edwards will be at the Emerald Rodeo this weekend, competing alongside her students who will put their newfound skills to the test.