Theebine cowgirl with a difference

SOME people ride horses, others take on bulls. Meagan Neumann rides a cow - a barrel racing cow.

When she was told she could not have a horse, the 13-year-old looked for other options.

Living at Kanyan on a dairy farm, near Theebine, Meagan does not have the luxuries enjoyed by teenagers in Gympie, so she makes her own fun.

And that has been in the form of cows, in particular a week-old dairy calf called Mia.

After befriending the calf last year, Meagan started training it from the age of a month-and-a-half, slowly gaining the animal's trust.

With some cows Meagan said it was quick to bond, but others took more time. With Mia it was easy.

Before too long the heifer was ready to go and Meagan "jumped on", riding her new steed around the paddock.

"You need to get on them young so they're not so silly. I learnt that the hard way," she said.

"I ride her everywhere."

THEEBINE COWGIRL: 13-year-old Gympie State High School student Meagan Neumann on Mia, the 18-month-old friesian heifer on their Day Dawn property near Theebine.
THEEBINE COWGIRL: 13-year-old Gympie State High School student Meagan Neumann on Mia, the 18-month-old friesian heifer on their Day Dawn property near Theebine. Greg Miller

 

Now 18 months old, Mia began spinning around the barrels three months ago after Meagan saw horse barrel racing.

She thought it would be fun to try and so it was - every afternoon the teenager practices before she tackles her homework.

"It's unusual and you can get them (cows) to act like a horse," Meagan said.

It might be out of the ordinary but for Meagan it is a hobby she loves.

Since the age of four, she has been riding the older dairy cows.

"People say I'm the only one they know."

That may be the case, but this talented, innovative cowgirl might have created a new rodeo sport in her own backyard.