Young campdrafter wins three buckles in three months
CAMPDRAFT: After years of hard work turning passion into results, Darby Ryan is a force to be reckoned with among juvenile campdrafting and challenge circles, with three championships to his name.
In just three months Darby, 16, started in five challenge events, winning all five and scoring his first buckles.
Darby returned recently from his latest show run to North Queensland, competing at the Cloncurry Stockman's Challenge and the Flinders Classic Challenge in Hughenden where he placed first and second in juvenile challenges at both, as well as claiming numerous placings in open classes.
He took four horses on the 3200km round trip, taking the top prizes on his best horses, Stylish Joe and Brewon Roxstar.
Dad Jim Ryan has been watching his children ride horses since they were born and is proud to see Darby's hard work paying off.
"I've been trying to win a buckle all my life and he goes out and wins three in three months,” he said.
"We're over the moon for him, he's a good kid and works hard so we're very proud.”
Darby puts in the hard yards behind the scenes to train each of his horses, a job that can sometimes be hard work, but makes the wins all the more rewarding.
"I try to keep them keep them nice and soft and relaxed so, when I go into competition, they're not crazy, they just go in there and do everything nice and soft for me,” Darby said.
He credits some of his success to his mentor, Nathan Wilson, and his family.
"My brother won the juvenile title a few years back - he's a competitive campdrafter, he's helped me out a lot through the years and Mum and Dad, are the ones that keep me going and allow me to go to these events,” he said.
While his recent wins secured his place in the sport, Darby's ultimate goal is to return to Cloncurry to win the Classic Challenge in a few years.