Farm girl can’t wait for rodeo Tiny Tots chance
WITH her placid mate Snowy at her side, seven-year-old Jia O'Dea is ready for her first time to shine in the spotlight of the rodeo arena.
The St Mary's student has entered the Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest Tiny Tots competition after hearing about a friend's experience last year.
And she can't wait.
"It will be good because I'm going to be riding my horse Snowy and I like her because she doesn't buck," she said.
When she isn't learning her times tables at school, Jia is kept busy with gymnastics, piano, swimming or simply roaming around her family's farm.
"I have lots of animals on my farm. There's cows, chooks, horses and one dog."
Dad Andrew said he was sure his daughter would get a lot out of this year's competition.
"It will be great for her to make a few friends, experience the competition and get to ride her horse in the arena," he said.
"She has been riding for a couple of years and she has a nice quiet horse, so that's good.
"She's a bit of a country girl; she likes school, but she also likes to be outside."