Merrijig Rodeo to crown its first queen
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.