Territory girl eyeing rodeo crown
NORTHERN Territory-raised Lauren McKenzie has high hopes of taking out the title of Warwick Rodeo Queen.
For years she has sat on the outside of the ring watching the rodeos grow into the major events they are today.
“I remember when I was a little girl going to rodeos in the Territory and they were such small events,” Ms McKenzie said.
Riding before she could walk, Ms McKenzie never expected rodeo to be part of her career.
“It was something we did as a pastime on the weekends and now it’s our way of life, following the circuits,” she said.
Along with her partner Alex Mearns, Ms McKenzie attends a rodeo just about every weekend of the year, if not to compete but to watch.
Starting out as a young polocrosse player, Ms McKenzie and her old horse, Whiskey, have taken out a few best horse titles in their day, which will come in handy when competing for the crown.
“I definitely have the horsepower underneath me,” she said.
“I’ll be able to control my horse and be a good representative for the rodeo show.”
With a strong grip on the reins, it’s the public speaking which has Ms McKenzie tongue-tied.
Busy training horses and planning her engagement party, Ms McKenzie is also adding a drought fundraiser to the list.
“I’ll be hosting a sausage sizzle and cake sale some time in September to raise money for drought relief,” she said.
RUNNING FOR QUEEN: Lauren McKenzie has put in her entry for Warwick Rodeo Queen.