Chapman leads way in barrel racing

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BROOKDALE - Her horse weighs 15 times more than she does but that does stop nine-year-old Deavan Chapman from guiding her horse to win after win on the Maritime Barrel Racing Horse Association circuit.

BROOKDALE - Her horse weighs 15 times more than she does but that does stop nine-year-old Deavan Chapman from guiding her horse to win after win on the Maritime Barrel Racing Horse Association circuit.

"Deavan gives 100 per cent all the time and she loves her pony and she loves to compete," said Lucy Gallant, while coaching Chapman at her riding stables Thursday night in Brookdale. "She loves the sport and loves to compete and works really hard at it."

The 60-pound Chapman competes in the Barrel Racing and Pole Bending events with her 18-year-old horse - 900-pound Sadie.

"I love my horse," said Chapman.

Chapman and Sadie were grand champions overall in the Small Fry division last year, and with two more competitions in front of her, one in Truro and on in Sussex, she could do it again this year.

"Everybody says how good of a little rider she is," said Gallant. "She rides really well."

Chapman takes lessons once a week and rides about three times a week.

She started riding when she was five-years-old.

"My mom rode and my nana rode and then my cousin started riding, so I started riding, and I love horses," she said.

She said her dream is to someday compete at the Calgary Stampede.

Lucy says Chapman could do it.

"She's a mature girl and takes really good care of her horse," said Gallant.

Chapman said she loves taking care of Sadie.

"You have to brush them before you put the saddle on and you pick their feet so no rocks get in," she said.

Chapman also has a mentor at the stables - Linda Bird.

"She's a cute little bundle all in one," said Bird. "She makes coming to the barn fun and enjoyable."

When Chapman got Sadie she said she didn't want a horse unless it looked like Bird's.

"When she outgrows her pony she can take over my horse. I have a horse in training," said Bird.

Sadie's dad, Billy, said riding a horse gives his daughter confidence.

"It makes her more responsible and gives her a good hobby," he said.

      

Organizations: Maritime Barrel Racing Horse Association, Small Fry division, Calgary Stampede

Geographic location: BROOKDALE, Truro, Sussex

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  • Cheryl "Nana" Burke
    September 13, 2013 - 07:08

    We are so very proud of you Deavan! So nice that you are being recognized for your achievements and the love that you have for horses. Keep following your dreams! Great Story!