Rodeo’s lit­tle princess

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­[email protected]­der­post.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

TI­TLE: Stan­thorpe’s Mag­gie Gall­away has been crowned the 2018 NRA Ju­nior Rodeo Princess af­ter go­ing through a year long process.

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