COMPETITOR: William Wooding loves to ride horses and is an entrant in the 2018 Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest for tiny tots.
COMPETITOR: William Wooding loves to ride horses and is an entrant in the 2018 Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest for tiny tots. Michael Nolan

Tiny bush poetry competitor hopes to be crowned top tot

WILLIAM Wooding has competed in national bush poetry championships but this weekend he will take to the stage again to wow judges with a different kind of knowledge.

The six-year-old loves to ride horses and learnt the skill from his aunty - Christine Bradfield - at the tender age of two.

Now he is keen to show the Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest judges what he can do.

William is an entrant in the tiny tots section and his mum, Carmen, couldn't be prouder.

"His older brother entered a few years ago and William has been waiting his turn ever since,” she said.

William Wooding has been riding since the age of two.
William Wooding has been riding since the age of two. Michael Nolan

William grew up in a strong rodeo family.

Aunty Christine runs a riding school, is a regular on the horse jumping circuit and his other aunt, Pauline Pickering, is a former Warwick Rodeo Queen.

William really enjoyed preparing for the competition.

"He's had the opportunity to ride at his aunty's place more and he really enjoys being more involved with the horses,” Mrs Wooding said.

To win the tiny tot crown William must wow the judges with his horsemanship and impress them during an on-stage interview on Saturday night.

"He has to talk about why he entered the competition and what he loves about the rodeo,” Mrs Wooding said.

Mrs Wooding said William had form in front of a crowd.

"He has competed in Australian bush poetry competitions before, he competed in the national championships in Western Australia last year,” she said.



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