Riders roll out the barrel for Chiltern

BARREL racing has come to the North East in a big way.

Horsey types won’t bat an eyelid, but for the rest of us, barrel racing is about racing around drums on top of a horse in the fastest time possible.

And there’s a huge market for it with Chiltern’s Barrel and Buckles drawing more than 600 competitors across the eight-round series that started in September and culminated yesterday.

“It’s the first time we’ve run anything like this,” organiser Debbie Atkins said.

“It’s exposing barrel racing to the North East – people normally see it at a rodeo and don’t really know how to get involved.”

Ms Atkins said its popularity at Chiltern has locked in its future and she said the town has reaped the benefits with competitors from across the state and NSW travelling and staying in the North East to compete.

The open division of the series was won by Maldon rider Julie Breed, with Gundagai’s Kellie Edwards taking out the first division and Ms Atkins winning the second division.

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