Backhouse back from trip to USA
HAVING just returned from the World Equestrian Games, held in the bluegrass state of Kentucky, Warren Backhouse paid the Lockyer Valley a visit last week.
A team of four for the Reining category went to Lexington to compete including Warren Backhouse, Martin Larcombe, Shauna Larcombe and Warwick Schiller.
Now rated 13th in the world, Warren got home on Sunday, and a party was held to thank the fund-raisers that got him there.
Fee Coulson, Sue Franks, Avril Storey, Mel Lindsay, Cam MacDonald and Susan MacDonald helped raise $14,500 to pay for a wide range of costs while Warren was there.
The fund-raising team also wished to thank Queensland Quality Hay and Hygain Stock Feeds for their sponsorship.
“Everything is self-funded from airline tickets, horse feed, transport costs and much more,” Ms Coulson said.
Manager/Secretary of the Gatton Equine Centre, Cam MacDonald, said the Quarter Horse cost Warren about $10,000.
Warren was camped at the Gatton Show Ring and Equestrian Centre last week running his renowned five-day clinics endorsed by Reining Australia.
“He is the highest earning reiner in Australia and has earned more than $200,000 in the last decade.
“He is one of the leading trainers and clinicians in the country,” Mr MacDonald said.
For those that don’t know, Reining is described as fast-paced Western dressage.
“The remarkable thing is Warren had only three weeks to get to know his horse, whereas other riders had up to a year to get to know theirs,” Ms Coulson said.
“The Lockyer Valley Regional Council contributed money and Cam did a lot of the groundwork.”
She said Warren had been doing clinics for about seven years and one of the main reasons he does it is to give money back to the sport.
“This is the first time Australia has ever sent a team of Reining trainers into the World Championships,” Ms Coulson said.
“It was fabulous. We had to help a fellow Queenslander, so we set up a Facebook page and there was a silent auction to raise funds online.”
She said it was not just people from Reining who contributed funds, but people from across all equestrian fields.
“It is a fun and fast-paced sport where the crowd cheers and the competitors feed off the atmosphere.”
“One announcer compared Reining to a rock show with horses.”
She said it was no easy feat to be a reiner.
“They ride a three-year-old horse called a Futurity, which is like training a preschooler to do university.
“Warren has kindly donated his time to conduct these clinics and share his experience with others.”