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Race to Ranch

Brittney Flinn on Gus - partners in the Race to Ranch 100 day challenge. Gus was formerly ‘Pullman Brown’ trained by Garry Bignell of Nyngan. PHOTO TWH

Cunnamulla mother of two, Brittney Flinn, is part of the “Race to Ranch” – a one-hundred-day challenge for ten chosen horsewomen to convert ten ex-racehorses to ranch horses.

The ten cowgirls are required to source their own recently retired thoroughbred off the track and have one hundred days to retrain it as a ranch horse.

The challenge which commenced on the 1st of June will culminate with a cowgirl’s gathering in Kilkivan in October, where horses and riders compete in a variety of events featuring cow-work, roping, reigning, obstacle course and freestyle events.

Brittney’s horse, a 5-year-old gelding ‘Pullman Brown’ was previously trained by Garry Bignell of Nyngan and was donated to Brittney for the event.

“I’ve named him ‘Gus’ as hats seem to be a theme in his line, his mum ‘Miss Fascinator’, so I went with the Gus hat from Lonesome Dove because it fitted with the lineage.

“He’s really cool, quiet, sweet and gets along with the other horses well.

“He’s not prissy at all, he didn’t mind being trucked out in the scrub no rug, no feed no nothing – he’s a ranch horse for sure.

The Race to Ranch challenge is a celebration of the cowgirl lifestyle which Brittney says she has loved for a long time.

“To have something like this in our own backyard is awesome – it’s high time Australia had something like this – we’re up there with the rest of the world.

“We’ve got some amazing talent in this country and it’s time to showcase it.

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