Acres Liberty Beau scores 92 to win the first round of the Open Horse at the ABCRA National Finals 2014.
Dartbrook horse trainer Allan Young scooped the pool at the Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo (ABCRA) National Finals campdraft held in Tamworth last week.
Riding his highly regarded Quarter Horse buckskin stallion Acre’s Liberty Beau, Young took out the Open Horse event in fine style backing it up with another win in the Maiden event on a second horse.
“Acre’s Liberty Beau is just a fantastic horse.
“I’ve been competing on him for over 10 years, and he’s still got it.
With a 92 in the first round, 90 in the second and 88 in the third Young rode clear of Nigel Kable on Ivory by nine points, and Wayne Smith on Reaction by 21 points in the aggregate scores.
“This is the third or fourth time he has won at the nationals, the last time was two years ago and he was an absolute gem for my niece who also rode him in the juniors,” he said.
While Young said he tended to call his horse ‘Bozo’ around the yard, niece Jorjia Edwards of Aberdeen prefers ‘Boo Boo’.
“Jorjia did a really great job riding him,” he said.
“She got an 85 in the junior rider 8 and under 13 draft and came second in the second go round,” he said.
Young went on to ride Murray Grady’s horse Tulips from Merriwa to first place in the Mitavite Maiden Open draft with an aggregate score of 246.
“Tulips is only a six-year-old mare, she was very consistent and scored in all three rounds, so it was a great win for her,” he said.