Barrel of laughs for Cann
RODEO: There's nothing that can wipe the smile off the face of Bundaberg's Teagen Cann.
The 14-year-old will debut in barrel racing this Saturday night at the Amber Ranch Rodeo to be held at Alloway.
Cann is part of the rodeo that includes bull riding, timed events, saddle broncs, steer wrestling and team roping.
"I've always wanted to do it,” she said.
"I've seen it and watched it and I can't wait to compete.”
Cann has been training hard with her horse Bushy at the family home.
The duo has completed their own barrel racing course numerous times to be ready.
"He understands what I'm doing,” she said.
"But we be careful not to push it.
"We walk around the course, then trot, then canter and lead into a run, to get used to it.”
Cann has also worked on her own mentality and fitness to be prepared.
"I need to concentrate on what I'm doing,” she said.
"I also make sure I run a lot to be fit.”
Importantly, Cann also has the support of her friends she goes to school with at Bundaberg North State High School.
The teenager told them the news last week before school holidays started.
"They are really happy to see me compete,” she said.
"Hopefully they can all come out and see me.”
The focus is simple for Cann.
"I just want to do my best,” she said.
"He's (Bushy) new to this and so am I.
"I just want clean runs and to not crash because I really don't like getting hurt.”
Cann has goals to one day compete in the United States in Las Vegas and in the Australian Professional Riding Association finals.
She is inspired by her mother, who competes in the sport also.
Cann will compete at the rodeo, starting at 6pm on Saturday.
There will be more on the rodeo in the NewsMail on that day.