Racer seeks Bright future in fight against breast cancer
THREE members of Sheree Bright's family have been diagnosed with breast cancer, inspiring the Gympie rider to barrel towards a cancer-free future.
One of three region entrants, along with fellow Gympie racer Sue Bartlett and Noosa's Karen Mitchell, she will be competing in the Hopes n Dreams Pink Lady Barrel Classic 2016 in Dalby on November 6.
It's an event which organisers hope will be the first of what will become a annual occurrence across Australia, and Bright is eager to help them take the first step.
"The more funds we raise, hopefully the more we can use to hopefully find a cure and support these ladies,” she said.
A rider since she was eight years old, Bright has been racing with Sue Bartlett for 12 years, and competing against her for almost half that.
She said there was no hesitation from the pair when they heard about the event, jumping at the chance immediately.
"We thought it would be great to support, and raise funds for ladies who are suffering from breast cancer.”
Bright said she was attracted to barrel racing by the combination of speed and precision in the sport, and it's not always competing that is the chief challenge.
"Because you've got a horse that's got a mind of its own, it takes a fair bit to train them,” she said, pointing out the subtlety required to ensure the horse knows how to navigate into turns and then accelerate out of them.
Donations made by supporters go straight to Breast Cancer Network Australia's bank account, and you can donate on the GoFundraiseme page at hopesndreamspinkladybarrelclassic.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home.