Jackie Knudsen and Barrister after scoring 85 in the Ladies Silver Cup
Jackie Knudsen and Barrister after scoring 85 in the Ladies Silver Cup

Jackie plans to keep riding till her baby is born

AFTER winning two campdrafts in the past fortnight, Jackie Knudsen reckons it is easier riding than walking as she competes at 23 weeks pregnant.

Jackie Knudsen and Barrister after scoring 85 in the Ladies Silver Cup.

"I have been doing really well since I was pregnant," the Chinchilla rider said.

Knudsen touches her baby and says "I call it my backup judgment".

And the judgment has been pretty good.

After a break for winter, Knudsen competed in the nationals at Kilkivan where she was equal first in the open before coming third in a ride off.

In successive campdrafts, she has won two events at both St George and Surat, the ladies at Cambooya, the Condamine Bell at Condamine and last weekend the Grandfather Clock ladies campdraft at Chinchilla.

Yesterday, she qualified for the final of the CG Welding/Maydan Feedlot Ladies Silver Cup with an 85 on Barrister after scoring 90 and 85 on the same horse at Chinchilla in her ladies win.

"The doctor said I could compete as long as I was comfortable.

"I have had no complications during the pregnancy but Warwick will be my last campdraft this year," she said.

"It is more comfortable riding than walking." She is due in mid-February and plans to resume campdrafting in March.

In the meantime, there will be plenty of riding for daughter Riley, 3, who is led around on Stylish Chick, a horse which carried Knudsen to her win at Condamine.

"Stylish Chick is so quiet, she is a kid's pony."

A past Canning Downs Campdraft winner at Warwick, Knudsen is like every campdrafter, she wants to win a Gold Cup after being runner up previously.

"If I put all my cows around the course, I hope the Gold Cup falls on me," Knudsen said in a sport where there are three variables, the horse, rider and beast and this year a fourth, her backup judgment.


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