Cook seeking Rodeo Queen title
WHEN faced with tragedy, Krystal Cook no longer sought the comfort from the protective shell she had created.
During September last year Ms Cook’s daughter Amber Marree was still-born at 10 weeks premature but now – one year later – the 23-year-old hopes to break onto the Warwick Rodeo Queen stage in memory of the child she lost.
“There was a time when I didn’t go out, I just stayed at home but now I thought this was a great opportunity to get out myself out there again,” she said.
“I hope to regain my self-confidence.”
The self-confessed horse lover said she had fond memories of entering the Warwick Rodeo Princess quest five years ago and felt it was time to throw her hat in the ring again. Plus it’s a good excuse to pull out her studded belt.
“I like dressing up in the western gear,” Ms Cook said.
“I’ve ridden horses all my life but the public speaking (aspect of the competition) is what I’m nervous about.”
Ms Cook knows only too well the plight of rural country women and the unique hardships they face raising a family.
“For the past five months I was up north at Lennox Station – about one hour north of Jericho – looking after country kids,” she said.
“This gave the mum a chance to go out on the property, to do whatever she wanted to for a bit and not be confined to the house’s four walls and a bit of the yard.”