Rodeo Queen crowned

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Be­nalla’s Rochelle Lind­holm was re­cently crowned Ms Rodeo Queen of Aus­tralia.

Hav­ing ac­cepted nom­i­na­tion as the Vic­to­rian can­di­date for the pres­ti­gious award in March, Rochelle em­barked on a fundrais­ing campaign for the char­ity of her choice, the Pink Ladies Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Each state’s can­di­date was re­quired to raise $2500 for their cho­sen cause; Rochelle raised $5400.

This com­pul­sory as­pect of the com­pe­ti­tion over, the Be­nalla res­i­dent then trav­elled to the Gold Coast on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, for the judg­ing process.

She spent a week trav­el­ling to ma­jor des­ti­na­tions, pro­mot­ing rodeo with the other con­tes­tants, as the field of po­ten­tial queens nar­rowed from five to three.

The 22-year-old then faced in­ter­views with a panel of eight judges, field­ing ques­tions on top­ics as var­ied as pol­i­tics and world knowl­edge, as well as horse­man­ship.

She was also queried on what it would mean to her to be crowned queen and how she would go about pro­mot­ing the sport if she achieved the hon­our.

Can­di­dates were judged on ap­pear­ance, per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter.

Af­ter a whirl­wind week of ac­tiv­i­ties, Rochelle was crowned Ms Rodeo Queen of Aus­tralia on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

Last week she told the En­sign of her pride in be­ing named the na­tional win­ner.

‘‘To be crowned Rodeo Queen ab­so­lute hon­our,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one wants to do well at their cho­sen sport, so it is just an ab­so­lute dream.’’

Rochelle sad her week on the Gold Coast for judg­ing had been a thor­oughly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, one which had al­lowed her to ‘‘make some fan­tas­tic friends.’’

The Rodeo Queen paid trib­ute to the Be­nalla com­mu­nity for pro­vid­ing sup­port in help­ing her to achieve her dream, sin­gling out the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel, which pro­vided her with a venue for her fundrais­ing ef­forts.

She also sin­gled out Be­nalla Welders for praise, as her ma­jor spon­sor.

For now, Rochelle is fo­cussing on her trip to the United States on Novem­ber 23, where she will take part in the world fi­nals rodeo, in Las Ve­gas, as part of her prize.

She is gear­ing up to rep­re­sent her na­tion in the adren­a­line-fu­elled thrill ride that is rodeo — and as the sport’s queen, she is cer­tain to feel at home.

2007 marked the 125th Be­nalla Spring Show, which was deemed a great suc­cess.

Ametal bird or­na­ment was stolen from a nurs­ery in Bridge St.

●●Also in the news on Oc­to­ber 24, 2007:

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State Lib­eral Party deputy leader and shadow min­is­ter for wa­ter, Louise Asher, was in Be­nalla as part of a tour of lo­cal in­ter­est groups.

Newguide­lines pro­vid­ing Be­nalla Ru­ral City with greater abil­ity to reg­u­late Pok­ies were drafted.

The po­ten­tial ef­fect of the show­grounds fence dur­ing a flood caused much con­ster­na­tion with the Be­nalla com­mu­nity.

The 11th Aus­tralian masters of fash­ion awards was held at the Be­nalla Town Hall.


Win­ner: Aussie rodeo queen 2007 Rochelle Lind­holm.

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