Wauchope resident Lana Jones is on a mission to become the next Australian Rodeo Queen after entering the national competition which first caught her eye in her 20s.
The proud rodeo enthusiast and Werin Medical Clinic book keeper has been involved in the horse riding and rodeo industry from a young age.
"I've been within the horse industry my entire life, my dad rode bulls overseas and my mum trained horses. I've always been around that side of it," she said.
"When I was younger I rode and trained horses after I left school (Wauchope High). I left home and moved to Saskatchewan in Western Canada to continue that kind of lifestyle."
When she returned to Australia in her 20s the Australian Rodeo Queen crown shone like a beacon.
"When I left Canada to come home I was 22 and signed up to it then. But I didn't have any life experience and wasn't sure what I was doing," she said.
"Earlier this year I saw it again and the age cutoff was 34. I thought being 32 now is my last chance to do it and now its like 'why not?'.
"I thought I'd give it a shot and at least I'll know instead of not going for it."
I thought I'd give it a shot and at least I'll know instead of not going for it- Lana Jones
Mrs Jones is juggling the quest application with work and looking after three children, Lane, 5, Gracie, 2, and Dallas, six months.
Her daughter, two-year-old Georgia Grace Lawson died in a tragic accident on the family farm just outside Wauchope in July 2015.
The annual Australian Rodeo Queen Quest was originally founded in 1992 and seeks to promote young women into the sport.
All hopefuls will meet on the Gold Coast for education about their duties, run promotions at major theme parks and face judging for the crown.
The major prize of the competition is the title and a 21 day overseas trip to the Calgary Stampede in Canada, Dallas Fort Worth, Denver, Cheyenne Frontier Days and Los Angeles.
Mrs Jones said the the most important job of rodeo queen is being in the community and promoting education of agriculture and rodeo.
"I'm a little bit older (than a regular contestant), I've got a normal job and I'm a normal person," she said.
"I'm not a supermodel who is just getting up there giving speeches, I want to show other woman they can go for their dreams too.
"I think my personality can get me there because I'm light hearted and easy going. I think because I am the oldest girl in the competition I have that life experience which can play to my side a little bit.
"As long as you are the best person you can be, it will always shine through to the outside.
"Whoever wins should be going out and making the most of it. Getting the title and going to race meets, children's hospitals and just using it to give kids something to look up to."
Mrs Jones has raised more than $2500 towards meeting the minimum fundraising requirement of $5000 for the not-for-profit competition.
For more information or to support, visit Lana Jones Australian Rodeo Queen Quest Entrant.
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