Horse rider Michaela Dodt puts her barrel racing best on display.
Horse rider Michaela Dodt puts her barrel racing best on display. Contributed

The ultimate battle of horse power

IT WAS the battle of horse power on the weekend when the Gympie Motorcycle Club and Gympie Horse and Rodeo Association held their bike versus horse competition.

Junior and senior horse and bike riders tested their ability in a barrel racing competition held in the GHRA's arena.

After some tense moments in the junior category, biker Ben Korn came away the victor.

GHARA held a Calcutta for the senior competition, with members of the crowd buying a horse or bike rider.

Top horse rider Greg Reedy put up tough competition to leading bike rider Casey Winston home.

Sponsors Chris and Michelle Dodt from Hotondo Homes, supplied a healthy dose of sibling rivalry as daughter and horse rider Michaela and bike rding son Macka raced it out.

Michaela's four-legged "machine" helped her to complete the course and defeat her brother by the slimmest of margins.

This is the third year of the competition and the bikes lead horses 2-1.