My trip to Australia and New Zealand was absolutely incredible! It was a trip of a lifetime and I am so blessed. I was able to represent Canadian Rodeo on the other side of the world!
First off we landed in Auckland, New Zealand. Exploring black sand beaches, glow worm caves and getting to know the native Maori cultural traditions were breathtaking. One dare I did the really took my breath away, was bungee jumping off the Auckland bridge! Something that was completely out of my character, but so glad and proud that I did it! I would like to send my sincere gratitude to Dixie Rawlinson for hosting Sharon Koke and I, and showing us around.
Next we flew into Sydney, Australia, where we took in the harbour life and enjoyed the main sights: The Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Sydney Opera House, and Darling Harbour. Next we flew to Cairns, and were hosted in Port Douglas by the Port Douglas Tourism manager, Doug Ryan. Sharon and I were able to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. I have never seen such diverse wildlife. I was completely over taken by the reef’s beauty. Thank you to Quicksilver tours for hosting us that day! We even got to do the typical thing you should do in Australia, see Kangaroos and Koalas! I was able to hold a Koala and feed Kangroos all morning. Just the few perks of being royalty. Thank you to Doug for making sure we got the best of Port Douglas!
Adelaide was our next stop. We were picked up by the South
Australia Festival State Rodeo Circuit Committee. They welcomed us with open arms and really made sure we enjoyed our stay in Marrabel. The Marrabel Rodeo was definitely a different Rodeo experience. It was an easy going atmosphere with the enthusiastic crowd that all Rodeos are know to capture. I was honoured to carry the Canadian flag in the Grande Entry, and sing our national anthem on horseback! The exhibition grounds even had a little museum and a life size statue of the famous horse Curio. Curio was a famous bucking horse from the early days of Rodeo in Australia, and is the trademark of the Marrabel Rodeo. It was a great day that I will never forget.
The Miss Rodeo Australia pageant was next on our agenda. We headed to Ballarat and were hosted by the Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit Committee in the home of Teresa Jones and Bruce Marsh. Caitlyn McPhee a former Miss Rodeo Australia also spent the week with us and showed us around the area. This included taking a day down the Great Ocean Road and going to the Ballarat Thoroughbred races. Mallory Doyle was crowned the 2014 Miss Rodeo Australia!
I even had the honour of crowning her, which was very cool. Thank you so much to the Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit for hosting us!
Our last days in the land down under were spent in Melbourne, Australia. It was an amazing city known for it’s art and coffee. We said our goodbyes and headed home!
Now it’s time for the CFR madness to begin, as we search for Miss Rodeo Canada 2014 and I finish my amazing year!