Chinnie rider takes the win
Chinchilla horsewoman Jackie Knudsen showed great horseskills last weekend, taking out the win at Black Toyota Canning Downs Campdraft in Warwick.
Knudsen on Barrister won the Restricted Open Finals on Saturday from three competitors in equal second, Injune rider Jody Crozier riding Concession, Jess Hoffmann from Charters Towers on Houston and Troy Palmer from Coolah (NSW) on Impressive Destiny.
Knudsen said her win was a team effort with her father and husband helping to pick the cattle that she took to win and her team looking after Barrister.
"They helped keep him running on all eight cylinders and because of his age he needs a bit more work so they rebooted him, which allowed him to do well.”
Knudsen who has been camp drafting since she was 11 years old, was excited to win on Barrister.
Barrister is an older horse but very special to her.
"I got him for my 21st birthday and he is 14 years old now,” she said.
"He has been my best horse for a long time and I am just really please that he won out at Warwick.”
Knudsen has always been a horse junkie and enjoys the family aspect of the sport, which she says has always kept them close together.
It was also a highlight for Knudsen to watch husband Ken Knudsen's runs over the week out at the campdraft, getting in the finals on the same aggregate.
"It was really good that we both got in the finals.”
Knudsen hoped to get a few more years of competing out of her beloved horse Barrister. After that, he would be passed on to her daughter to compete in the junior competitions.