Jade back in the saddle
THE Stanthorpe Rodeo Princess Quest will be a comeback Jade Davies will not forget.
After sustaining a moderate brain injury while riding her horse in May this year, Jade is back in the saddle and ready to show the Stanthorpe Rodeo Princess judges just what she is made of.
The 15-year-old Warwick State High School student already has the 2012 Warwick Rodeo Princess title under her belt, and now has her eyes on a new prize.
"Rodeo is basically my life, and this will be my first time back competing since my serious accident," Jade said.
"I enjoy every aspect of the quest - meeting new people, dressing up, public speaking, preparing my horse and showing my horse.
"I want to help promote the Stanthorpe Rodeo within the community and the Southern Downs."
The skilled barrel racer competed at the National Barrel Horses Association Australia finals last year and came runner-up in First Division.
"I was leading the competition this year until my accident," Jade said.
"I just want to be able to show people that I am back, and even when you get knocked down, you have to get back up again.
"It's about determination and believing in yourself."
Jade said horses and riding were her passions.
"It's not a hobby. It's a lifestyle," she said.
Mother Angela Davies said while she was initially nervous about Jade returning to the saddle, she was supportive of her daughter's decision.
"Riding is so important to Jade," Mrs Davies said.
"The doctors said it would be a couple of years before she would be doing anything again, let alone riding, but now she is back at school and has been riding again for two weeks.
"She is cowgirl strong. She is confident and competent, and sensible, too."
Jade is sponsored by Martin's Stock Haulage in Scone, New South Wales, and is also a member of the WSHS Rodeo Team.