Rodeo’s little princess
RODEO: After 12 months of placing her fate in the hands of a select judging panel, local girl Maggie Gallaway has been crowned a Junior Rodeo Princess.
The 11-year-old from Stanthorpe was recently named the winner of the National Rodeo Association’s 2018 quest, capping of an arduous year-long process.
Throughout the year Maggie competed in quests, travelling all around Queensland in preparation for the final series.
“I decided last year, that this year, this is what I wanted to do,” she said.
“At each quest I was given questions and had to work out with horses. For the final I sat a written exam, did an interview and a work out.
“Basically just had to try and control my horse the best I could. The written test was in Maryborough, interview at Tenterfield and work out in Caboolture,” Maggie said.
When she took up the challenge she was one of several contestants. As the year wore on this number dwindled.
“At the start there was five or six but closer to the finals they all left and it was just me left.
“It was a bit of a shock I guess because at the start when there was all those other girls and I never thought I'd be the winner.
“So now I have to basically promote the sport of rodeo, I have to be at every grand entry and have to encourage girls to do it next year.”
The keen barrel racer, who has rodeo in her blood, is excited for what’s ahead.
“It was kind of something I always wanted to do (the quest),” she said.
“Barrel racing is something I want to do the rest of my life as well.
“Once I leave home I’d like to own my own barrel racing training centre,” she said.
TITLE: Stanthorpe’s Maggie Gallaway has been crowned the 2018 NRA Junior Rodeo Princess after going through a year long process.