Sec­ond crack at the Rodeo Queen crown

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Michael.Nolan@war­wick­dai­lynews.com.au

IT COULD be a case of sec­ond time lucky for War­wick Rodeo Queen Quest en­trant Nicole Evans.

The 24-year-old en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion in 2016 but nar­rowly missed out on the ti­tle, plac­ing sec­ond.

“It was re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence, so I de­cided to run again and hope­fully take home the crown,” she said.

Ms Evans is a keen bar­rel racer and has a strong con­nec­tion to the War­wick Rodeo.

“I’ve been go­ing to the War­wick Rodeo for years and I’ve been vol­un­teer­ing there as well,” she said

“It’s my favourite time of year; I take time off work so I can spend all week there. It’s one the best things I’ve at­tended and I have a lot of friends and fam­ily in War­wick.”

‘‘IT’S MY FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR; I TAKE TIME OFF WORK SO I CAN SPEND ALL WEEK THERE. NICOLE EVANS

Part of her love of rodeo comes from the sport’s col­le­gial at­mos­phere.

“In rodeo, ev­ery­one knows ev­ery­one, you com­pete with the same peo­ple at the var­i­ous events and ev­ery­one is will­ing to give you a hand,” she said.

“It’s like a big fam­ily. Af­ter you com­pete, if you are not head­ing to the next rodeo you get to hang out and chat, which is re­ally nice.”

Bar­rel rac­ing takes Ms Evans to a num­ber of rodeo and cam­p­draft events across Queens­land and it’s a sport she prac­tised from a young age.

“I started off in pony club, as most peo­ple do,” she said.

“I’m train­ing up a younger horse to com­pete in bar­rel rac­ing and I hope to con­tinue with him for a cou­ple of years. I’d like to win a buckle in bar­rel rac­ing but my main goal is just to keep my­self and my horse safe.”

She fol­lows both the NRA and APRA rodeo cir­cuits, and al­though she’s yet to win a ti­tle, Ms Evans said she’d get there soon.

“I’m hop­ing my new horse will be a su­per­star and hope­fully he will take me on to great things,” she said.

“I re­ally want to com­pete at the Mt Isa Rodeo next year. Next to War­wick, it’s the big­gest rodeo in the coun­try.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

MICHAEL NOLANCOME­BACK QUEEN: Nicole Evans is hav­ing a sec­ond crack at the ti­tle. The 2018 Rodeo Queen Quest will be de­cided tonight.

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