Lifestyle

Warwick Rodeo Queen on tour in Canada

JETSETTING: Warwick Rodeo Queen 2014 Erica Geppert heads to Canada tomorrow.
JETSETTING: Warwick Rodeo Queen 2014 Erica Geppert heads to Canada tomorrow. Bubbles Barbierato

A CHANCE conversation during rodeo week has landed the 2014 Warwick Rodeo Queen Erica Geppert on a plane to Canada.

The 25-year-old leaves the Southern Downs tomorrow for a whirlwind fortnight in Edmonton, Alberta for the Canadian Rodeo Finals.

A trip overseas was always on the horizon with the local rodeo queen quest, but the opportunity for two overseas tours came as a complete surprise for the newly-crowned arena ambassador.

"I knew the winner of the title would have the chance to go to America next July and that was an amazing opportunity," Ms Geppert said.

"But then Warwick Rodeo president John Kiss was chatting with Sharon Koke, the Canadian Rodeo Queen co-ordinator during rodeo week and the subject of a Canadian trip came up.

"So to put it simply I was offered the option of going to Canada and I just had to embrace the chance."

Ten days later she has packed her winter woollies during a Queensland heatwave ahead of a 30-hour trip to Alberta, where it's just started snowing.

Jetsetting across the globe, being part of an international rodeo event and sitting in on the 2014 Canadian Rodeo Queen judging has the local retail manager pinching herself.

"I really can't believe it; being named Rodeo Queen has pretty much been a life- changing experience for me," Ms Geppert said.

"It sounds a bit clichéd, but I never expected anything like this to happen to me."

The well-spoken addition to rodeo royalty grew up in western Queensland, spending time in Charleville and Cunnamulla.

"My dad ran Primac Elders and we always had horses so my childhood was really rural," she said.

"We shifted to Toowoomba in 2000 and I started school at Downlands which was a huge adjustment for my family, but it did mean more opportunity."

From school she worked in the thoroughbred industry, before taking a job with RM Williams.

Topics:  rodeo, rodeo queen, warwick




Driver refuses blood test after Southern Downs crash

Fire crews are rushing to rescue to men trapped in a vehicle.

Driver refuses to give blood sample after late night crash

Home invasion teen attacks man in front of toddler

Brandon Clay Hill was jailed for eight months for a brazen home invasion.

Judge blasts young dad for violent attack on home occupants

Latest deals and offers

Blac Chyna sued after car injured 2 women

Blac Chyna is being sued after her friend crashed into another car

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Chris Hemsworth surprises kids at hospital as Thor

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston surprised children at hospital

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.