RODEO LESSONS: Rodeo Queen entrant Jaime Mant, Dalby South principal Lyn Fletcher, Rodeo Queen Bessie Smits and Dalby South deputy principal Kate Paynter.
RODEO LESSONS: Rodeo Queen entrant Jaime Mant, Dalby South principal Lyn Fletcher, Rodeo Queen Bessie Smits and Dalby South deputy principal Kate Paynter. Nicole McDougall

Rodeo Queens bring sparkle to school

DALBY South State School had a bit of extra sparkle on Thursday, with students and teachers donning not just cowboy hats, but also tiaras, for a special visit from Rodeo Queen Bessie Smits and entrant Jaime Mant.

Deputy principal Kate Paynter said the school had been enjoying visits from the Rodeo Queens for the past three to four years.

"It's become a bit of an annual event that they visit Dalby South, and we always get very excited by the visit,” she said.

"The kids definitely get a kick out of it; we've got lots of kids who are interested in horses and cattle.

"So for those who were interested in rodeo it was inspirational, and for kids who have never had contact with that before, it gave them an idea about how rodeo works.”

The women spoke to three different classes throughout the day, informing students about how rodeos work, encouraging them to attend the event, and discussing different ways that both males and females can advance through the industry.

"They did a bit of a quiz about rodeo and barrel racing to see what the kids knew, and then signed a few autographs and did some photos,” Ms Paynter said.

"It was good fun for everyone.”


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