ABBIE Jewell might only be eight, but she is not afraid to look a rampaging cow much bigger than her straight in the eyes.
That is one of the things the Theodore girl learnt at a recent campdrafting school held by the Baralaba Pony Club.
“I learnt how to campdraft and to keep at the cow's eye,” Jewell said.
But her fearless approach is not surprising - she has been riding since she was four.
She did her first campdraft two years ago on a big old horse called Cherokee and now rides a pony called Roger.
Fellow rider Aimee Hamilton, 8, learnt similar things to Jewell.
“[I learnt] how to finish my circles, and how to get up in the cows eye,” Hamilton said.
Jewell appreciated the lessons of instructors Tim Flynne and Prue Dawson, who put the riders through many different exercises on and off their horses.
“Prue was awesome.
“She taught us how to play tiggy on our horses,” Jewell said.
The riders also took part in horse soccer and found that having teams was too hard, so it was in for young and old.
“The horse soccer was fun, my pony wasn't scared of the big yellow ball,” Jewell said.
Hamilton, from Baralaba, called the horse soccer cool.
On her fifth birthday her mum and dad took Hamilton to a riding school at Rockhampton as her present.
“The first time I campdrafted was on my old horse Sparky at Bauhinia when I was 5 years old,” Hamilton said.
“Horses are the best friend you can get.
“I love going fast, fast, fast on [my horse] Velvet.”
Jewell said riding horses was “lots of fun because you get to do lots of sports events and you get to do jumping, and best of all I get to go to Shows and Gymkhanas and mustering.”
All the young riders enjoyed a demonstration from the equine dentist at lunch time that showed the children what the inside of their ponies mouth looks like and how to care for it.Horses are the best friend you can get - I love going fast, fast, fast on Velvet
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