Throughout the year, rodeo’s most glamorous competitors are put to the test in the race for rodeo queen. The National Rodeo Association queen and princess competitions take place at several rodeos and competitors are judged on much more then just beauty.

The 2017 Rodeo Queen, Kayhla Small has been involved for years and said it’s a major aspect of rodeo competitions. “It all begun for me when I started to compete in the rodeo princess competition in about 2011,” she said. “I have also been competing in the barrel race category for the last 20 years.”

A youth worker from Ropeley, Kayhla has been involved in rodeo her whole life along with her husband who is a current bull ride competitor. The rodeo queen and princess competition is succeeding in empowering women by providing a unique opportunity to be involved and promote the sport they love. Competitors are judged on four categories including, personality, knowledge, horsemanship and appearance. Round two of the

National Finals Rodeo now heads to Toowoomba and this year partners with Cully Fest Outback and Aboriginal Folk Festival. Kayhla said she looks forward to this new partnership, as it will bring more people to be apart of the rodeo. “I think it’s fantastic and will hopefully deliver more crowds and furthermore raise more funds,” she said. “In the future hopefully both events can grow and more people will be able to watch the rodeo queen title race.”

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Saturday 5 November Kayhla ran her last rodeo queen and princess quest and said, “my emotions got me an emotional day for me, i’m so proud of seeing all the cowgirls grow over this year And …My proudest moment as being this year NRA RODEO QUEEN was receiving my trophy saddle. Thank you so much to THE NATIONAL RODEO ASSOCIATION and Sharee Whitlock for this amazing saddle. Thank you all for supporting me in this journey. Thank you to my team Kelly Russell and #misswilly who I owe so much to. I’m really so over whelmed with everything I have achieved this year.”

We say a big Congratulations to Kayhla!

Gates open at 4pm on the 17 November with the juniors commencing at 5pm, followed by the open events including, rope and tie, steer undercoating, bull riding and plenty more.

Visit https://www.cullyfest.com/ for more information.

Further Information

Tristan Evert: tristan.evert@griffithuni.edu.au 0422294329

Kayhla Small: 0433 356 629.