Ashleigh aims for double crown in rodeo bid
WARWICK'S own Ashleigh Grant is set to represent the Rose City on the big stage next weekend, as the Miss Rodeo Australia Quest comes to town. Miss Grant took home the 2016 Warwick Rodeo Queen title, and said it would be a dream to add another crown to her haul.
"It would be an absolute honour to win the title. I would hold it close to my heart forever,” Miss Grant said.
"To continue being an ambassador for the sport of rodeo, to represent this great country and be a role model for the younger generation, it would mean everything.”
While Miss Grant is hoping to win, she said she will value the experience of being around fellow participants.
"What I'm most looking forward to is making new friends with the entrants, getting to know more about them and the charities they've chosen,” she said.
"I gained so much from the Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest, including new life skills and growing as a person.
"I'm certain that I'm going to take away something from the quest next week, no matter what the outcome is at the end of the night.”
One of the important facets of formalities is a visit to aged-care facilities Akooramak and the Oaks, something Miss Grant is anticipating.
"In rural Warwick, a lot of residents have come off a farm or had rural ties, and to be able to take them back to those days leaves you feeling quite humble.
"You see a spark in their eye when you walk away, which is beautiful.”
Another key area of the quest is horsmanship, a component Miss Grant feels comfortable in.
"We got the horsemanship workout yesterday, which means we can start practising and learning the pattern,” she said.
"For the Warwick quest, we got to use our own horse.
"On the weekend, horses are drawn at random.
All horses have been trained differently and respond to different cues, so I will have to use my horsemanship skills and work with them to navigate the pattern as best we can.”