Rodeo Queen win
A 22 year-old barrel racer Dani Quinsee has become the first Victorian to be crowned Rodeo Queen of Australia since the competition was formed in 1992.
Ms Quinsee, who hails from the Goulboun Valley town of Kyabram, was crowned at a gala dinner on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
“I’m still shocked. I can’t believe it. I’m so happy,” she said.
“When they said it (judges announced her win) I was just like wow. I couldn’t believe it.”
Her win was made even more spectacular considering she was the only Victorian entrant and faced off against a string of contestants from Queensland.
It has been a hard slog for Ms Quinsee who entered the competition in July of last year.
Her quest for Rodeo Queen involved trying to attract sponsors and raising money at local rodeo’s where she competes, to fundraising dinners, auctions and clinics that she put on to teach young competitors the fundamentals of barrel racing.
Ms Quinsee raised the required minimum of $5000 to make it to the final round of judging whilst also donating money to her chosen charity ‘Give me five for kids’ foundation.
She explained that there was still a certain amount of stigma in Victoria regarding the welfare of animals in Rodeo compared to perhaps other states in Australia, and the judges focused on the animal welfare issue.
“Because I’m from Victoria I got thrown a lot more questions regarding animal welfare in which I knew how to answer because I have done so many radio and newspaper interviews and had been asked a hundred times before that I wasn’t thrown from what they (judges) asked mem" she said.
Her efforts for winning the quest has been rewarded with a 21 day holiday to the US and Canada, including the Calgary Stampede where she will be introduced to the main stage carrying the Australian flag in front of around 40,000 people.