Teens learn how to be to rodeo royalty
THEY smiled the whole way through a crash course in what to expect and how to behave when you are wearing a Warwick Rodeo tiara and sash, which was a sign they deserved the honour.
On Saturday our newly crowned Warwick Rodeo Queen quest winners took part in a workshop specifically designed to prepare them for their week in the city's spotlight.
Organised by former Miss Warwick Rodeo Kate Christensen, the clinic included tips on presentation, dealing with the media, understanding rodeo events and liaising with the public.
"I think it is important the girls have some idea of what is ahead of them," she said.
"They are representing our city, our rodeo and the APRA so it's a lot more than just turning up and looking good."
It was a sentiment supported by the reigning Miss Rodeo Australia Bobbie-Jo Geisler.
"Warwick has the largest rodeo queen quest in Australia and the winners go on to play a vital role as ambassadors," she said.
"So if we can prepare them and give them some information that helps them handle themselves and their role it is a positive thing."
Ms Geisler said in turn the representative opportunity could boost self-esteem and build confidence in things like public speaking.
"For me personally it's a chance to give something back to a sport I love," she said.
This year's quest winners will be out and about promoting Warwick Rodeo this week.