Female riding talent hitting the ring again at Warwick Rodeo
SHE missed out on making the ladies final by one point last year, but Megan Batterham is back in the ring and in fine form.
The 25-year-old from Allora has competed in the Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup, CG Welding Ladies Silver Cup this week and will go into the second round of the Supafloats Canning Downs this morning.
"I missed out on the ladies final last year, so to come back this year and be going into the second round of the Canning Downs is pretty exciting," Ms Batterham said.
Having been into the sport since she was nine years old, Ms Batterham has spent a lot of time in the saddle.
She had a few years off through her university years, but soon found herself back in the ring.
"I got back into it two years ago, because now I have finished uni so I'm not just living off two-minute noodles and can actually afford to feed and look after my horses," Ms Batterham said.
Working two weeks in Chinchilla as an environment officer for Queensland Gas Company, Ms Batterham is able to spend only one week out of the month at home with her horses.
"I really miss (campdrafting) when I'm out there," Mrs Batterham said.
"It's such a family affair and I love the horses and the people and the atmosphere," she said.
Ms Batterham said while "every rider wants to go home with a ribbon one day", she was out to have fun.
"My five-year plan is just to plod along, have some runs and do the best that I can and for my horses to do the best they can," she said.