Micayla Brenssell is hoping her fine form continues today at the Outram Rodeo in Dunedin before travelling to Mataura and Southland to compete this weekend.
The 17-year-old is in her fourth year as a competitive barrel racer, starting her first season with the help of the late Dion Church on a borrowed horse of Oamaruvian Ray Taylor before buying her own, Trixie. The St Kevin’s College student ‘broke open’ on December 27, totalling her $2000 prize money in her 2nd division section and the chance to compete in the open level.
Brenssell competed in all Rodeos in the South island and some in North Islands from Christmas day, returning for a well earned rest on January 20 before the beginning of the Southern Series.
The starlet is currently ranked 14th nationally but is hoping to break into the top eight and compete at the national finals in Wanaka in March by shaving fractions of a second from her time.
Brenssell said she enjoys the family atmosphere of Rodeo and is intent on being one of three barrell racers selected to the New Zealand High School team later this year.
“I do most of the training on my horse at home in Kakanui, but at the Rodeos you only have to ask for help and everyone is willing to help out,” she said.
“I’m trying to make the New Zealand High School Team that goes to Australia in September, I’m hopeful I can do that, I think I have a good chance.”
By JAMES FORD