Mother and daughter Ann Whitfield and Bec Briggs Barrel racing this weekend in Gympie.
Mother and daughter Ann Whitfield and Bec Briggs Barrel racing this weekend in Gympie. Renee Albrecht

Barrel racing reunion: Mother, daughter Makin' It Mega

RODEOS were a family affair when Ann Whitfield was raising her daughter Bec Briggs, and the pair are about to rekindle old passions at the first round of the Performax Makin' It Mega Barrel Racing Series in Gympie this weekend.

The series will mark the first time the mother and daughter have competed in 12 years.

"I grew up riding horses," Mrs Briggs said. "Mum's the one that got me into it."

While Mrs Briggs is keen to win a barrel racing competition, she's more excited to have her mother at her side.

"It's more of a family thing," Mrs Briggs said.

"It's something that mum and I love doing, and we're very close."

Mrs Whitfield has just returned to Gympie from Cloncurry, where she had been keeping her skills fresh with campdrafting competitions.

The pair decided the Makin' It Mega Barrel Racing Series was the perfect opportunity to make their competition reunion.

"It's a big thing for Gympie, and it brings people from New South Wales and North Queensland," Mrs Briggs said.

"It's competitive, but it's fun, and it's with a great group of people."

The event has already had 186 entrants in the open competition and 77 juniors.

Event co-directors Sue Bartlett and Sheree Bright were thrilled to organise one of the biggest barrel racing series in Australia.

"Barrel racing is growing as a sport, it's a great family sport," Ms Bartlett said.

"Families and people from all parts of equestrian backgrounds are taking up the sport."

The Makin' It Mega Barrel Racing Series round one and two run over the weekend at the Gympie Horse and Rodeo Association grounds.