Entrant just loves horses
FOR years Erica Geppert has sat outside the ring watching the action of the Warwick Rodeo unfold, but an urge to be on the other side of the arena led her to nominate for this year's Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest.
A member of the Warwick Polocrosse Club, Ms Geppert is no stranger to horses or rodeo events.
"I have been competing in polocrosse for the past 13 years," she said.
"In the last couple of years I have taken up campdrafting and team penning and even a bit of barrel racing.
"My dad had me on a horse before I could walk.
"I have four horses at the moment, two full-time workers and two in the paddock.
"Anything I can do with my horses makes me happy."
Ms Geppert, the manager of the Warwick RM Williams store, made the move to the Southern Downs 18 months ago.
"I am originally from Charleville and then I moved to Toowoomba," she said.
"I made the move to Clifton just over a year ago.
"I work in Warwick every day and I absolutely love it.
"It is just like my home."
The 24-year-old said there were a couple of reasons she had decided to run for Warwick Rodeo Queen.
"I have been to every Warwick Rodeo and I am excited to be on the other side of the ring for once," she said. "I also really want to try a new arena with my horses and some public speaking as well as meeting some of the other girls with similar interests."
Ms Geppert's first fundraising event, a ladies day, is set to take place on Sunday at the Douglas Feez Pavilion.
Entry will be $5 which will include morning tea and an entry in the luck door prize raffle.
There will be a range of stallholders with everything from Tupperware to western wear, from 10.30am-1pm.
- If you would like to take part in this year's Warwick Rodeo Queen Quest it is not too late.
- For more information and nomination forms contact the show office on 46619060.