Hunter students head to Youth Rodeo Association national finals in Texas

Youngsters saddle up and head to USA for the ride of their lives Buckle up: Thomas Hutton and Olivia Priestley-Halliday will leave on June 6 and compete from June 14 to 17. Picture: Max Mason Hubers



facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappOLIVIA Priestley-Halliday’s after-school chores includemore than just homework– and more than just her.

The 11-year-old devotes almost every hour of daylight she’s not in the classroom to feeding, bathing and working her horse Kakadu Dundee. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

Olivia, 11, will represent Aus at a USA rodeo competition in June. pic.twitter苏州美甲学校/lbhKMuXVRq

— Helen Gregory (@HGregory_Herald) March 26, 2017

Olivia and her friend Thomas Hutton have been selected in a junior team of 16 to represent Australia at the upcoming Youth Rodeo Association national finals in Gonzales, Texas. They will compete in barrel racing, western pole bendingandfigure eights to win prizes from a pool of three trailers, 66 saddles, 171 buckles, a scholarship and cash.Thomas will also compete in goat tying.

“I cried, I was just so shocked,” Olivia said. “I did not think I would make it this far until I got to high school so I’m feeling both nervous and excited. I love competing andhaving a pet that’s so big and so cuddly.”

Due to distance they will “outsource” their mounts, posing an extra challenge.

Thomas said he was “pretty excited” and hoped the rodeo would bring him one step closer to his dream of working with horses. Olivia said they both hoped to bring home a buckle. “But even if I don’t it will still have been a great experience to go over and a pleasure to ride in the team.” The pair are no strangers to rodeos and both have made the top 15 in their age group for the past two of the Australian Bushman’s Campdraft Association’s national finals. Their families are holding a jackpot barrel racing day on May 6 at Branxton Showground and a trivia night on May 19 at Maitland Showground to raise funds. Email [email protected]苏州美甲学校.