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Powell-Gibson returns home for reining event

HOME: Maryborough's Tania Powell-Gibson returned for a hometown visit during the Reining Australia event at the Maryborough Equestrian Centre.
HOME: Maryborough's Tania Powell-Gibson returned for a hometown visit during the Reining Australia event at the Maryborough Equestrian Centre. Valerie Horton

IF THERE'S anything Tania Powell-Gibson wants for reining it is a willingness of locals to give it a go.

Powell-Gibson was back in Maryborough for a Queensland Reining Horse Association event.

The joint QRHA/Calliope Sliders Show was held at the Equestrian Park, and attracted visitors from across the state.

Reining is powered by a dedicated albeit small group of trainers with a deep passion for the sport, but at Powell-Gibson's Tennessee base it is a largely popular sport in which thousands regularly participate.

"It's as big as it can be,” she said. "When you go to events (in the US) you can be looking at thousands of trainers. Here you're looking at maybe 20 or so (regular competitors). It's a completely different world.”

Powell-Gibson had extensive experience in campdraft and barrel racing before she stumbled across reining in 2007.

"I thought it looked fun and haven't looked back,” Powell-Gibson said.

Powell-Gibson will run several clinics during the next months before she competes at the Australian Reining Breeders Cup in Dalby on April 12-15.

While she casts her eye to competition, she encouraged more people with an interest in horse sports to try their hands (or hooves) at the discipline.

"A lot of people are scared of reining as it looks complicated,” she said.

"Everyone can do it. My 10-year-old nephew is about to step into it and my son has been training.”

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