Mitavite Partner Rider:
Barrel Racing, Team Roping & Breakaway Roping
Around 7 years ago we were introduced to Cathrina and she immediately impressed with her enthusiasm and drive for her sport of barrel racing and her husband Lance’s sport of team Roping. A great organiser, Cathrina is always first to give things a go and together Lance and Cathrina make an awesome pair. Based near Tamworth the Hutton family raise long-horn cattle and produce and compete roping and barrel horses. Like her parents, their young daughter Lacy is a hands-on farm girl, already a capable rider. The Huttons are true and valued friends of Mitavite.
Introduce your horses:
- Winderadeen Go To Blazes (AKA Scooter); Quarter Horse; Liver Chestnut.
- Vegas; Quarter Horse; Chestnut.
- Docs Deck (Doc); Quarter Horse; Chesnut with a coon tail (whiter hair top of his tail).
- Just Amazing (Twinkle); Quarter Horse; Palamino.
- Famous Oak (Famous); Quarter Horse; Chestnut.
Where did your love of horse-riding begin and when did you get started within your discipline?
My love of horse riding comes from my Father. I grew up on a property he managed for CSR, it was 98000 acres. It ran beef cattle, and that’s where I rode most of the time when I was young. My Pop (George Woodward taught me to rodeo n a little pony called rainbow in the lane behind his house.) I attended pony club and sporting and camp draft days when I was younger, and I attended a lot of rodeos with my dad and my sister.
Did you have any horse-riding role-models as a beginner rider?
I suppose my father Joe, and my sister had a major influence on my early riding. My mum didn’t ride, however she provided the support and drive anybody could ever wish for. When I was junior barrel racing, I looked up to the likes of Charmayne James (who I met in later years) Sharon Camilero, Vicki Schiller and my sister. In my late teens I was influenced by Graham Amos with my cutting horses. When I got into my 20s, I got back into my rodeo career when I met my husband Lance, I breakaway roped, and I team roped and headed a lot for Lance at home. In my early thirties I decided I wanted to barrel race again, and so I contacted Vicki Schiller and I was off again on my desired journey as a barrel racer after purchasing Scooter. Now my major influence comes from Vicki Schiller and Dena Kirkpatrick from the USA, along with some help from my big sister. In my later years competing, when I won my rookie, my support and drive came from my husband Lance. He too has won so much, and has been a great support with my horse training and riding.
What have been some of your greatest achievements within your discipline?
- Australian Bushmen's Campdraft & Rodeo Association – Rookie All-Round Cowgirl – Rookie Barrel Racer (Multiple National Finals Qualifier)
- Coonamble Rodeo All-Round Cowgirl Circuit Champion
- Australian Team Roping Association – 1st Division Winner Nationally 2012 – Northern Region Circuit Champion 2012 1st Division
What are your aspirations for your riding career?
I'd like to continue to train barrel horses, and to win an ABHA Classic event, and a year end National title. I'd also like to win an APRA barrel racing title and an ABCRA barrel racing title.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Riding horses and helping Mitavite promote their feeds.
Which Mitavite feeds and/or supplements do you use?
We feed Xtra-Cool to our younger horses Breeda to our competition horses, Pro Sport to our competition horses, Promita to all our horses and Super Amino 66 to our horses that need a bit of extra topline or when they're on the road doing a lot of miles. We feed Bonafide to all of our horses that we compete on – this is a great supplement for horses that don’t see a lot of green grass, and a good bone supplement. We love it. Performa 3 oil – makes them look great and some extra energy where needed. We use this wherever we need the extra energy, and we add the oil as needed.
What is your all-time favourite Mitavite product and why?
Xtra-Cool and Performa 3 oil – because they work great together. You can feed Xtra-Cool to anything and they get exactly what they need with minerals and vitamins, and then you can add Performa 3 oil to increase cell elasticity and energy. They both make them look good in the coat too.
What has your experience as a Mitavite Partner Rider been like?
I have been a partner rider now for several years, Mitavite is the greatest company with the next feed I have every used anywhere in the world. It’s always excellent quality and fresh. I have attended Equitana with them, and also seminars and training. They are a pleasure to deal with, and always happy to help in anyway.
Do you have any advice for beginner / aspiring riders?
Your attention to detail is what you need the most with the little things. Don’t be too picky with your horses, sometimes they have bad days, just as we do. Be committed, and go to events, my Aunty told me once, you won’t win anything staying at home and she was right.