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Meet Montana O’Donoghue-Kent

Name: Montana O’Donoghue-Kent
Occupation: Student
Town & State: Bunyip, Victoria
Equestrain Discipline: Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping

Montana O’Donoghue-Kent

What is the name of your horse(s) at the moment?
Oakie, my main horse & the daddy my younger up and coming horse.

Name of your first horse?
Howie, a paint pony from the Echuca market!

When did you start riding?
I was always around horses and as soon as I could ride!

What have been the highlights in your riding career so far?
Competing all over Australia in some of the biggest events in the country. Winning the buckle for the SCRC (southern cross rodeo circuit) for the junior barrel racing in 2011 and the All Round title for Victoria, (competing in more than one event and earning money) for 2012.

What other interest besides horses do you have?

What is the one item in your tack room you just can’t live without?
My Kimber saddle, and my colorful and rather large assortment of splint boots!

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never give up and always try your hardest!

What advice would you give to young riders?
To never give up and keep trying at whatever it is your trying to achieve because if you put in the effort you will get results!

What is the most important aspect of your horse’s health for your sport?
Making sure my horse is healthy and not to tired or worn out, having lots of energy and being healthy is very important to the intense sport of barrel racing. They need to be in peak physical condition so they can put in all they've got and perform to their best.

What is your favourite Virbac product and why?
Stressalyte - it is a very good product for my good competing horse as he is a bit of a stress head! He does sweat a lot when he's warming up, just getting nervous and when he's taken away from other horses. Stressalyte is good for him because it helps replace electrolytes and nutrients lost when sweating. It is also very good for horses doing a fast paced amount of work in a short time (exactly what barrel racing is!).

Future goals?
To compete at the open NFR on the Gold Coast and win a barrel racing title for Australia.

2014 update for Shianne & Montana
2014 so far has been a very busy year for Montana and myself when it comes to competing. We started the year competing full on, with the whole of Christmas and New Years taken up with rodeos only to be at least one rodeo every weekend until Easter where we went away for 5 days. In these 5 days we travelled 1500km and went to 4 rodeos. Montana and I both placed in all of these rodeos picking up enough money to keep us well inside the top 15 and top 10 competitors (top 15 for open competitors, Being myself, and top 10 for juniors, Montana) in Australia.

In April we made the trip to Caboolture, QLD where I would compete in the top 15 Australian competitors over 4 rounds for the title and Montana would compete with the top 10 junior (under 18 years of age) competitors over 3 rounds for the title. Unfortunately leading up to the finals Montana's good Quarter horse, Oakie triggered an old injury witch put him out for the finals. Montana had to ride two different horses at the finals, two horses that she had never ridden until the day of the finals. She did a great job bonding with these horses on a surface that was less than idea and with no experience. She placed in a round and finished high in the standings over all with three clean rounds completed. I started my finals with a good, clean run placing up with the fast horses but unfortunately in round 2 my horse and I had a fall and fell on a drum, this a result of quite 'slick' ground. This fall put us out of the average but we soldiered on to have another 2 clean runs.

A week after returning from QLD we loaded up again, this time Montana with Oakie who had made a recovery, and headed to Tamworth, NSW. This time we were headed to the National High school rodeo finals; Montana and I qualified for these finals throughout the year and both took the maximum of 40 points each into these finals. Over three rounds Montana and I both managed to place in every round leaving us placing 1st (myself) and 3rd (Montana) in the average. The top four in the average qualified to compete in Wyoming, USA in July.

As we both qualified in the top four in June, Montana and I will make the trip to the USA to travel and compete. We are extremely excited to have this opportunity. And that is a small insight into the last 6 months of our lives. Thankyou so much for your support, your products help keep out horses fit and healthy whilst traveling the many miles we do. I'm not sure where we would be without you.