If you are familiar with Elyne Mitchell’s stories of the Silver Brumby, you will know that the brumbies father was a handsome chestnut named Yarraman. According to the stories he was the greatest stallion of the Highland Plains and king of the Cascade Brumbies. So it is only fitting that another handsome chestnut – Hilite Dad’s Acres – should bring Emma O’Shea to her second Challenge title at the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival.
Emma, a Horse Breaker and Contract Musterer from Queensland, won the Man from Snowy River ladies Challenge in 2014, was the Battle of the Bidgee ladies champion in 2014 and came second in the King of the Ranges. In what was already a great year, she also won the Nugget of the North Barrel Race, All Round Cowgirl at the Saxby Roundup, and the Pickup competition at the Normanton Rodeo.
Qualifying first after the preliminary rounds, Emma scored 76 points in the Silver Brumby Catch to beat out Louise Lawrence and Christy Connor for the title of Ladies Champion 2015.
There are a series of photos of Emma in various Challenge events here.
Congratulations Emma and Hilite Dads Acres……we hope to see you again next year.