Rodeo queen aims for second crown at New Year's Eve

THIS year's Warwick Rodeo Queen, Georgie Stower, has thrown her hat in the ring for Thursday's New Year's Eve fireworks and rodeo.

No stranger to a bit of competition, the face of the Warwick Rodeo will compete in the Open Barrel Race and Ladies Steer Ride.

The 20-year-old said both she and five-year-old horse Soldier Ray were new to the sport.

"I've done a bit of barrel racing before but this will be only the second time with this horse," she said.

"Soldier Ray was my rodeo queen horse and he's been pretty good all round for me this year.

"I thought I'd give him a go at the barrel race."

Hailing from Toowoomba, Ms Stower said she was looking forward to the competition.

"I'm always positive but we'll see how we go on the day," she said.

"I want to do it for a bit of fun and something to do on New Year's Eve."

The young rider will have to overcome her close friend Kristy Lambert in both the barrel and steer ride.

"I've got a few friends like Kristy competing so that always makes for a bit of fun," she said.

Ms Stower said she had been practising at home and putting Soldier Ray through the paces.

"I've been working him at home but there's nothing like a bit of competition to get motivated," she said.

"I'm happy to get amongst it on the day.

"We'll get the pretty stuff out of the way at the start of the rodeo, and then it's down to business."

Ms Stower said it was great to see the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society put on a rodeo and fireworks display for New Year's Eve.

"It should be a lot of fun, it's definitely a new attraction," she said.

"It's great to see them getting out there and trying new things, it should bring a few more people to the area and give the locals a great night's entertainment for new year's."

Gates open at 4pm tomorrow for the New Year's Eve rodeo with more than 1000 spectators expected.



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