E-news Issue 6
Monday, 09 August 2021
Charles Darwin University
CDU VET students recently competed in a range of horse events at the Katherine Show.
CDU VET students recently competed in a range of horse events at the Katherine Show.

Students saddle up for Katherine show

Students at Charles Darwin University's (CDU's) Katherine campus have saddled up for the Katherine Show, taking home a number of awards and displaying their expertise in handling horses.

Four students completing their Certificate III in Rural Operations, Taylah Dehne, Kristy Gamble, Corey Hay and Charli Simmons competed for the first time in a range of events  including Registered Australian Stock Horse and Australian Quarter Horse.

Katherine local Taylah Dehne won four ribbons: First for Best Presented Rider Australian Stock Horse (ASH), Second in Best Presented ASH led in her age category, Third in ASH Rider and Third in Australian Quarter Horse Led Mare.

Ms Dehne is one of this year’s Northern Territory Training Award finalists for VET in School Student of the Year.

“We worked pretty hard for this day, getting the horses ready, so it’s good to finally be here. Competing and seeing everyone win something has been the highlight of the week so far,” Ms Dehne said.

Charli Simmons won two ribbons and came second in Australian Quarter Horse Gelding, while Corey Hay came first in Australian Stock Horse Rider and Kristy Gamble won four ribbons.

“It’s is my first time showing horses and a very different experience to being on campus. It was a bit intimidating showing in front of so many people but an incredible experience,” Ms Gamble said.

Associate Vice-Chancellor Katherine and Big Rivers Alison Haines said last year was tough for many Agriculture and Rural Operations students who missed participating in local shows due to COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions.

“The Katherine team is feeling extra lucky that they get to share their talents with the community this year,” Mrs Haines said.

“We’re so pleased with how the competition has started and we’re looking forward to seeing what else our students can do.”