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



Bright plan for Rose City

A SPRAWLING 30 hectare field blanketed in solar panels on the cards

Yoga a vital tool in the search for inner peace

INNER PEACE: Kate Collins runs KooYoga from her Grafton St home.

For Kate Collins, yoga is more about balance than business.

Businesses say they'll stay in Rose City

An artist's impression of the Rose City Shoppingworld redevelopment.

A number of Rose City Shoppingworld's lease holders will stay.

Local Partners

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Will there be a Game of Thrones spin-off?

Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage in a scene from season six episode 10 of Game of Thrones.

HBO’S original programming president has teased fans.

Ed Sheeran's intimate gigs down under

Singer Ed Sheeran

CHART-topper playing invite-only shows in Australia next month.

Eddie McGuire's scandal-free focus and new-look Hot Seat

Eddie McGuire hosts the new Millionaire Hot Seat Super Game.

HOST wants out of the hot seat himself to focus on game show revamp.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!