Barrel racer will run rings around Rodeo Queen competitors
IT COULD be a case of second time lucky for Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest entrant Nicole Evans.
The 24-year-old entered the completion in 2016 but narrowly missed out on the title, placing second.
"It was really great experience, so I decided to run again and hopefully take home the crown," she said.
Ms Evans is keen barrel racer and has a strong connection to the Warwick Rodeo.
"I've been going to the Warwick Rodeo for years and I've been volunteering there as well," she said
"It's my favourite time of year; I take time off work so I can spend all week there. It's one the best things I've attended and I have a lot of friends and family in Warwick."
Part of her love of rodeo comes from the sport's collegial atmosphere.
"In rodeo, everyone knows everyone, you compete with the same people at the various events and everyone is willing to give you a hand," she said.
"It's like a big family. After you compete, if you are not heading to the next rodeo you get to hang out and chat, which is really nice."
Barrel racing takes Ms Evans to a number of rodeo and campdraft events across Queensland and it's a sport she practised from a young age.
"I started off in pony club, as most people do," she said.
"I'm training up a younger horse to compete in barrel racing and I hope to continue with him for a couple of years. I'd like to win a buckle in barrel racing but my main goal is just to keep myself and my horse safe."
She follows both the NRA and APRA rodeo circuits, and although she's yet to win a title, Ms Evans said she'd get there soon.
"I'm hoping my new horse will be a superstar and hopefully he will take me on to great things," she said.
"I really want to compete at the Mt Isa Rodeo next year. Next to Warwick, it's the biggest rodeo in the country."
The 2018 Rodeo Queen Quest will be decided tonight.