In a Charleville first, the Outback Barrel Horse Circuit (OBHC) will be coming to town this weekend.
This fantastic event in the past has only toured around Central Queensland, in towns like Longreach, Winton and Barcaldine.
Jaimee Prow, of the OBHC says she hopes by bringing it to Charleville they will regenerate local interest in horse sports.
“Charleville is our first event held further South so it’s big in a sense for the people in that area because they haven’t had one of our events here before, so we’re hoping it will generate a lot of new interest and membership.
“Our barrel racing tailors to every sort of individual, those that are experienced and those amateurs who are starting out in the sport,” says Jaimee.
The two day event runs over the Valentines Day weekend, commencing 3pm Saturday 13th February and finishing up Sunday afternoon.
This is the second year that OBHC have been running the Summer Series and they’ve had record numbers to match.
“We’ve been getting record nominations this series with over 120 competitors in total and it’s a very family orientated sport so a lot of them are youth, so mum and dad come along and the other siblings.
“Usually the 120 competitors brings along an extra 50 or more family members so it’s bringing at least 200 people into the town, fueling up their cars, eating there all weekend.
“It’ll definitely mean some money will be spent in the town which is what they need with the drought,” says Jaimee.
For those of you who don’t know how the barrel racing competition works we’ve got the basic run down below:
– You have to gallop on your horse around three 44 gallon drums in a clover leaf pattern
– It’s a timed event and the fastest time wins
– If you knock a barrel it’s a five second penalty. So the deal is to get as tight and fast around the barrel, without knocking them to be the winner.
With so many people coming from out of town to help support our community, this is a great event to head to this weekend.
There will be something for everyone, and music and a bar will go until late Saturday night.
So head around to the Charleville Show ground’s this Saturday from 3pm until late and Sunday starting at 7:30am.