Rodeo Queen crowned
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:
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.