2016/17 Curry Merry Muster Rodeo Queen, Kate Taylor, will travel to Warwick this week to compete in the national rodeo competition, Miss Rodeo Australia (MRA).
The APRA associated competition draws rodeo queens from across Australia for a week of judging in horsemanship, public speaking, knowledge of rodeo and appearance.
Ms Taylor will compete against five other rodeo queens including: Nikea Coulson (Kooralbyn), Ashleigh Grant (Warwick), Nicole Evans (Millmerran), Dakota Michaelis (Peterborough) and Tammie Conroy (Taroom).
This is the second consecutive year that Ms Taylor has entered in the competition, raising much needed funds for her chosen charity, The Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The MRA competition festivities will start with a Canapes and Cowgirls Night on Friday at 6pm at the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre.
The horsemanship judging will be at the Warwick Showgrounds on Saturday morning and then the presentation and crowning of Miss Rodeo Australia at 6pm Saturday (January 20) at Douglas Feez Pavilion at the Warwick Showgrounds.
A busy weekend for the rodeo queens will conclude with a celebratory brunch at Gordon Country, Goomburra, on Sunday morning.
Reigning Miss Rodeo Australia Emma Deicke (Proserpine) said her favourite moment in 2017 was when she rode into the arena at the Wagga Wagga Rodeo in her new role and was introduced as Miss Rodeo Australia 2017.
She fondly remembers riding out in front of a capacity crowd at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in America and speaking to the crowd.
“It was incredible to carry the large Australian flag used at the Mount Isa Rodeo into the arena and ride beside 2014 world champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor and Miss Rodeo Canada Ali Mullen in the arena at the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals,” Ms Deicke said.
One of her great memories was attending rodeos in towns like Merrijig in Victoria that she hadn’t heard of. Merrijig is part of the tri-series rodeos in Victoria.
“I did the Man from Snowy River trail ride at Merrijig and was blown away by the beauty of the area,” she said.
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