Queens to saddle up for rodeo
SHE'S got farming blood in her veins and Rodeo Queen in her sights, and Warwick girl Ally Dwan is ready to wow the judges at this weekend's Queen Quest competition.
The 18-year-old stockhorse rider said she was excited about the quest and hoped to claim the crown.
"I think I'd do an all right job at representing Warwick because I know a lot about the place and the people here," Ally said.
While this is her first time entering the competition, she is no stranger to the Warwick Rodeo.
"I love the rodeo and I am a member of the Hoof and Hook committee so I've helped out in the bar and around the grounds at previous rodeos," she said.
Ally works as a customer service representative at Pursehouse Rural and hopes to further her studies next year and ultimately become a ruminant nutritionist.
For her Rodeo Queen campaign, Ally has been doing raffles and fundraisers around the region.
Also in the running for Warwick Rodeo Queen is first time entrant 18-year-old Laura Lee.
"I always grew up around horses on a farm," she said.
"A lot of people wanted me to enter in the competition so I thought I'd give it a go."
The Ballandean girl has always lived in the region and is currently studying a certificate III in business and administration at the Stanthorpe TAFE.
"I would like to further this and complete a certificate IV or even a diploma," she said.
Laura is a huge Warwick Rodeo fan and said her favourite events were the campdraft and barrel races.
"I am a little bit nervous, but more excited," she said.