Not being a 'horsey" person, other than loving horses (from a distance) I had not idea about barrel racing. However, I was frequently intrigued by a sign on the Beachmere Road, from time to time. Just a simple sign with the words "barrel racing" and an arrow pointing along Goong Creek Road, leading to the back of Chelwood Farm.
When I learned that there would be barrel racing this weekend, I phoned to see if I could attend and take some photos. I was welcome.
I stepped into a world about which I knew nothing. I have learned that it is mainly a women's sport - I sort of guessed that as though there were a few men on horseback at the event, they were not competing. I have learned also that it is a great event for which one must train well, have a good horse and be quite athletic!
Little children competed - some with two adults to guide them around the barrels in the junior rounds.
Today I have done a little more research on the sport, and though Wikipedia does not mention its existence in Australia, apparently it is a regular event for women at rodeos etc.
I will go again one day. Now I know a bit more about it, I find it rather interesting.