Photo credit: Kerry Brisbane.
Born on a boat, all Miss Rodeo Queen Australia Katy Scott wanted growing up, was a pony.
Originating from the Gulf Country Katy grew up with a different life to most as her parents ran a successful deep sea fishing business. Katy then moved to Cloncurry to be closer to family, after her father passed away in 2000.
“Cloncurry has been my home ever since and I have enjoyed every moment being there,” Katy said.
Following in her parents’ footsteps, Katy also had a passion for the outback and the rodeo circuit.
While studying at Cloncurry State School she starting competing in pony club and rodeo events at the age of 10.
“I got on a bush pony that I got from the middle of nowhere and brought him in,” Katy said.
“I was very successful on him and won many buckles and ribbons as a junior competitor. I was very proud as I met all of my goals as a junior.”
On completing school Katy received an equine scholarship and travelled to Toowoomba where she worked with some of the best companies in the business.
“I was very lucky to have that opportunity and I specialised in showing and dressage, but I always had a passion for rodeo.”
Katy returned to Cloncurry, after receiving a job with Ernest Henry Mine as a machinery operator.
“I purchased my season barrel racing horse, Banjo, in early 2014 and have been successfully competing in rodeos all throughout North West Queensland, while working in the mines ever since.
“Growing up, my family and friends had lived and breathed rodeo and it became part of my lifestyle.
“It was hard not to get involved as Cloncurry holds the single highest pay-out rodeo in the southern hemisphere, it is quite a little rodeo town.”
In August 2015, Katy entered herself in the ‘Curry Merry Muster Rodeo Queen’ determined to promote Cloncurry and the sport she loved.
“I wanted to organise events to help promote and support our rodeo and make it one of the biggest events in the annual calendar.”
Katy then begun the Miss Rodeo Australia Queen Quest journey raising funds for Buy A Bale foundation through local events.
“I hosted a ‘Boots and Bling’ ladies afternoon tea party and ‘Ride for Royalty’ horse trail ride raising a total of $3000.”
On January 30, Katy represented Cloncurry and North West Queensland at the Miss Rodeo Australia finals in Warwick, little did she realise she would take home the crown.
“I was very overwhelmed, I never thought I would have been crowned Miss Rodeo Australia when I started this journey,” Katy said.
“It has enabled me to grow as a person and meet some life-long friends and industry contacts
“All I ever wanted to do was promote and support the rodeo in Cloncurry, I never dreamed I would be representing rodeos all over Australia and representing Australia overseas in America and Canada.”
Katy now looks forward to carrying the Miss Rodeo Australia legacy and will start following the Australian Professional Rodeo tour at the end of February.