Two horse lovers vie for Rodeo Princess
WITH American Indian heritage from her mother, Rodeo Princess entrant Megan Kiley says horse riding is in her blood.
Megan, 14, has entered the Warwick Rodeo Quest competition along with her good friend and fellow horse lover Sophia Foster.
It is the first time for both Megan and Sophia, but they said they were not nervous.
"I wanted to do it for a while," Megan said.
"I never got the chance to have a go, and I wanted to do it because it's something different.
"It's really fun to have a go at new things...you can meet new people."
Sophia said she loved living in the Rose City
"I really want to tell people how good the rodeo is, and how good Warwick is to live in," she said.
"I love Leslie Dam, and I love the rodeo and pony club."
Megan broke both her arms in a fall when she was about 10 years old, but she hasn't let that faze her.
"I love horse riding; it's much better than riding motorbikes," she said.
"I was never scared. I feel like I have a bit of a connection around horses.
"We used to have around 10 horses when I was really little."
Sophia said she was definitely a horse person as well.
"I feel really free when I'm riding them," she said.
The girls are both originally from Gatton. Megan has lived in Warwick for about three years, and Sophia for five years.
Megan has a twin brother, and is the youngest in her family by 45 minutes.
Sophia has always grown up around horses, and lives on a 325ha property at Warwick.
She said her family has been very supportive.
"Mum helps me with dressage and showjumping, and Dad goes on trail rides with me," she said.
"They are not as horse-crazy as me."
The girls compete in gymkhanas, pony club, camp drafts, barrel racing and trail riding.
They both ride their horses twice a day, and when they get home from school about 4pm, they usually ride until dark.