Our girl starts with win in trans-Tasman comp
RODEO: Warwick State High School student Savannah Halley will compete for the Australian High School rodeo team against New Zealand at the St Brendan's College Rodeo in Central Queensland this weekend.
Last weekend, she was part of the Australian team which beat New Zealand in the first of six rounds of international competition for Trans Tasman supremacy in high school rodeo.
Last year, the international high school competition was held at three rodeo rounds in Australia (Capella andtwo at Yeppoon) followed by three in New Zealand during January.
This year, she is competing for the Australian team in barrel racing.
The Warwick High student rode 17-year-old gelding, Boom, at Capella last weekend and is staying for the week in Central Queensland.
"We bought Boom last year and I am really happy to be able to compete in the barrel race after being in the breakaway roping last year,” Halley said.
"This weekend, I will ride Dusty, a horse lent to me by Christie Jasperson, in one round at Yeppoon.”
After riding her two horses in the first two rounds of the high school competition, riders will draw a horse from the pool for the third round in Australia.
On Saturday, she will compete in the inter-school and junior competitions at the rodeo at Yeppoon as well as compete in the Australian High School Rodeo Trans Tasman team.
It has not been confirmed where the competition will be held in New Zealand next January but Halley will be aiming to match her two first and one second placings in breakaway roping across the Tasman early this year.
"I rode Sunny (borrowed horse) in New Zealand last year, which is a really cool horse,” she said.
While she now competes in breakaway roping and barrel racing, the 15-year-old is keen to try team roping.
"I want to be the header in team roping,” she said.
Next year, she is planning to compete in the APRA Northern Run at Emerald, Cloncurry and the Mt Isa Rotary Rodeo.