Sisters are world-class
THREE Gladstone sisters rode themselves to stardom at the NBHA Australia at Youth World Titles held in Perry, Georgia in the United States.
Teenagers Madyson 17, Ebony 15, and Caitlin finished 93rd, 98th and 10th in the world in their respective categories.
Thirteen-year-old Caitlin rode in the Youth Division under 15 class in which she made the finals and this was accomplished despite adversity.
"This was a massive effort as she was suffering from a massive migraine during this ride,” proud mum Tammey Goggi said.
"Madyson and Ebony both competed in the Teen Division 15 to under 20 years, but unfortunately neither girls made the finals.
"They both competed amazingly well in their rounds.” What was made more remarkable was that the girls were not on their familiar horses they are used to and they had limited preparation to familiarise themselves with different horses.
"This is an awesome effort as the girls were not riding their own horses,” Goggi said. "We leased horses from Crider Barrel Horses in Huntingdon, Tennessee and the girls only had approximately 10 hours training on their horses before the actual competition.
"Their coach Chad Crider is a multiple times World and Brazilian Champion in his own right.
"The biggest hurdle Chad had was to teach the girls to ride in a horned saddle or barrel racing saddle because our girls ride in fender stock saddles.”
Goggi explained that once the girls got used to their saddles as well, their confidence grew.
"Mady, Ebony and Caitlin feel that the techniques they picked up from Chad and the friends they made is the highlight of their trip,” Goggi said.
"The girls are much better riders from this experience and they have already put their horses here through their paces with everything Chad has taught them.”
Some of the countries that the girls competed against were the US, Italy, Panama, France, Belgium and New Zealand.
"There were over 4000 rides during the week-long competition,” Goggi said. "We knew it was going to be huge, but not as huge as it was. We had a great time and can't wait to go back.”