Five Rodeo Queens from all over Australia will descend on Warwick to compete in the 40th anniversary Miss Rodeo Australia Quest later this month.
Introducing the entrants: Kate Taylor will represent Cloncurry, Sophie Amos will represent Warwick, Isabelle Hare is the Deniliquin (NSW) representative, Emma Deicke will represent Bowen River (Qld) and Tamara Evans is the Millmerran Queen.
The judging will start on January 27 with a Canapes and Cowgirls Night at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre. Each of the five queens will introduce themselves on the night and speak about their chosen charity.
The horsemanship judging is on the Saturday, January 28, at the Warwick Showgrounds at 9.30am-10am. Later in the day, the presentation and crowning of Miss Rodeo Australia will take place at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre from 6pm. The winner will receive $20,000 in travel and prizes.
The successful entrant will receive the crown handed down from the 2016 Miss Rodeo Australia, Katy Scott (from Cloncurry). Ms Scott said it would be sad to see the end of her Miss Rodeo Australia journey but hoped the successful entrant would have as much fun as she did.
Once all formalities are complete and the Australian Professional Rodeo circuit starts, the 2017 Miss Rodeo Australia will travel to all the professional rodeos in Australia.
The winner will be required to conduct grand entries at rodeos, represent Australia at the rodeo finals in America and Canada, talk to schools, visit hospitals and talk to people about the rodeos in their area.
2017 entrant, Kate Taylor, hopes to be the second consecutive Cloncurry queen to win the Miss Rodeo Australia title.
“Being Curry Merry Muster Rodeo Queen had been so much fun I wanted to pursue it further. I have enjoyed competing in barrel racing and talking to locals about rodeo,” Ms Taylor said.
“To win MRA would mean everything to me, I have worked so hard for it, it would be great to see my hard work pay off as I have been balancing study with my everyday routine.
“I have been brushing up on rodeo rules and regulations, past winners, rodeo knowledge, horsemanship and Australian history. All while I have hosted fundraisers for my chosen charity Royal Flying Doctor Service.
“I entered this competition mainly to raise money for the RFDS. I have lots of personal reasons for choosing them as my charity. If it wasn’t for the service, several friends of mine would not be here today.”