Ter­ri­tory girl eye­ing rodeo crown

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: East Coast Images Sunshine Coast

RUN­NING FOR QUEEN: Lau­ren McKen­zie has put in her en­try for War­wick Rodeo Queen.

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