Ransom rounds ‘em up

Candy rides to Tamworth stardom

Lewiston horsewoman, Candy Michaelis, returned from the Australian Barrel Horse Associations’ national championships in Tamworth last month with more experience and the drive to do even better at the industry’s major horse event later in the year.

The Tamworth event, a first stand-alone event for the barrel racing association separate from the more prominent rodeo circuit, saw Candy compete against almost 250 other riders from across the country.

The event was also live streamed to more than 4000 people around the world.

Upon her trusty 11-year-old quarter horse Ransom, Candy was one of seven South Australian riders at the August 22-24 event and had to compete at five other barrel racing events just to qualify for the championships. Impressively she won all five qualifying events.

In Tamworth Candy finished in the top 50, placing 33rd overall, saying if she hadn’t knocked over a drum on one of the turns she would have placed a lot higher.

Following the championships Candy and Ransom have been invited to take part in the Equitana Australian Open Barrel Racing Championships in Melbourne on Friday November 21.

This premier barrel racing event will feature only the best 25 barrel racers in Australia, an impressive achievement for the local rider.

It’s an extremely expensive exercise to participate in this event and Candy would be very appreciative of any financial support by emailing Tracey Smith on integrity@baonline.com.au.

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