SHOWERS held off for a windy but successful day of competition at Saturday’s Cooktown Horsesports.
Dozens of horses and riders, with the youngest aged only 9 months old, tested themselves and their mounts across nine events including the coveted open barrel race.
Tiny competitor Peyton Seagren was cheered on by both grandmas as her proud parents supported her through the led events, with the tot taking home third place in the straight barrels and an encouragement award.
Lakeland teen Demi D’Addona took out first place and the top prize of $500 in the open barrels, closely followed by Cooktown cowgirl Ashleigh Jerome, with Lakeland’s Trudy Harris rounding out the top three.
Cooktown Horsesports president Sarah Frew said it was a great day of competition.
“It was awesome to see so many young and beginner riders having a go,” Ms Frew said.
“Thank you to those who came along and supported the club by competing, lending a hand or cheering from the sidelines, and a massive thank you to our sponsors.”