Mer­ri­jig Rodeo to crown its first queen

Mansfield Courier - - HIGH COUNTRY FESTIVAL -

FOR the first time in 2018, the Mer­ri­jig Rodeo is hold­ing a com­pe­ti­tion to crown its very own mem­ber of roy­alty.

There is more to be­ing a queen than rhine­stones and red lip­stick – a rodeo queen must have poise and grace, be in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and be able to ride a horse – though be­ing a rodeo com­peti­tor is not a pre-req­ui­site.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to be run­ning the first ever Mer­ri­jig Rodeo Queen com­pe­ti­tion,” rodeo com­mit­tee mem­ber, He­lena Simp­kin, said.

“The win­ner of the ti­tle will be sent to rep­re­sent Mer­ri­jig at the War­wick Rodeo, and if they win the na­tional ti­tle could po­ten­tially head to Cal­gary.

“The APRA Miss Rodeo Aus­tralia spends months over­seas pro­mot­ing the sport – it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for young women to be able to rep­re­sent their home-town.”

Held on the March Labour Day week­end, the Mer­ri­jig Rodeo cel­e­brated 40 years in 2017.

Although the next rodeo is still four months away, ap­pli­ca­tions to be crowned Mer­ri­jig Rodeo Queen opened at the start of Novem­ber.

“We need to have ap­pli­ca­tions in be­fore De­cem­ber, so that we can con­tact each ap­pli­cant, talk to them, and then make a de­ci­sion on who will rep­re­sent the rodeo,” Ms Simp­kin said.

“They will be crowned be­fore Christ­mas, so that they are able to at­tend the lead-up com­pe­ti­tions from around Vic­to­ria early next year to pro­mote the Mer­ri­jig event.”

Each en­trant must be over 18 years of age and hold a cur­rent driver’s li­cence.

Ap­pli­cants will also be as­sessed on their horse­man­ship, com­mu­nity spirit, so­cial skills and pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Many peo­ple might not re­alise that you don’t have to be a rodeo com­peti­tor to en­ter,” Ms Simp­kin said.

“You have to be able to ride – there is a flag that the queen needs to carry on the arena – but we would like to see en­trants from the Mans­field area who are in­ter­ested in all ar­eas of horse­man­ship.”

Those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing the first ever Mer­ri­jig Rodeo Queen should email mer­ri­ji­grodeo@ya­hoo. com – an ap­pli­ca­tion form will be sent in a re­ply email.

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