From reins to reign for Rodeo Queen entrant
Bridie George, who now lives in Victoria, hails from the New South Wales town of Garangula.
The 21-year-old said her family had a long history in the equestrian world, dating back to her great-great-uncle who was the ring master at the Royal Queensland Show.
"My great-uncle Noel 'Hollywood' George was a western entertainer and the operator of Goondiwindi Stock Transport," she said.
"My father was a polo player who represented both New South Wales and Australia, as well as playing and managing teams all over the world."
Bridie decided to participate in the contest to share her passion for riding and horses, with a goal to be a role model and mentor for young women in the sport of rodeo.
"I would like to exhibit to all young people who ride and rodeo that it can be done while developing a career and undertaking education to advance and further oneself," she said.
"I don't accept 'can't' or 'won't', I am a strong believer in 'where there is a will there is a way' and I always try to accomplish as much as I physically can."
Bridie said she had been lucky and was grateful for the support she had received from her family, and Anna and Gary McPhee.
"They have been invaluable in helping me establish myself in barrel racing and are so generous with their time and knowledge," she said.
"Horses are my fresh air and riding gives me the wings that I need to prosper."
Bridie works as an executive assistant at the Wangaratta Council and is studying a Bachelor of Law at Macquarie University via distance education.
In her spare time, when she's not riding or studying, Bridie enjoys cooking, travelling and snowboarding.
The Rodeo Queen Quest winners will be announced on Saturday, October 11.