Isabelle Walkden-Brown shows her winning picture with Tammie Conroy and Saddlery Supply owners Sharron and Phil Barker.
Isabelle Walkden-Brown shows her winning picture with Tammie Conroy and Saddlery Supply owners Sharron and Phil Barker. Emma Channon

Rodeo inspires Isabelle

IT TOOK nine-year-old Isabelle Walkden-Brown "just a couple of hours" to create a colouring-in masterpiece, which was yesterday awarded first place in the yearly rodeo competition.

The Tannymorel student said she liked colouring-in, but even more so, loved Warwick's famous rodeo.

"My favourite event to watch is the campdrafting," she said.

"I've got a couple of horses too."

She went for a bright theme when she took to paper, which impressed the judges.

She received her prize from Saddlery Supplies yesterday, including a cap, CD case and a night lamp. They were all donated by Brigalow.

Last year's Rodeo Queen Tammie Conroy was on hand to present the prizes as well as congratulate the young winner, who said she was thinking about entering the rodeo queen quest in the future.

Miss Conroy, who visited Wheatvale State School last year with other rodeo princess entrants, said it was great to involve young ones.

She urged any girls to start thinking about entering this year's quest.

"I started fundraising one year before for rodeo queen," she said.

"It's great for confidence and getting out and meeting people.

"Before I started I couldn't speak publicly and I would stutter and get nervous. Now it doesn't worry me at all."


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