Abigail Skaines claims Warwick Rodeo Princess crown

Abigail Skaines claims Warwick Rodeo Princess crown

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Abigail Skaines has been crowned Warwick Rodeo Princess for 2019.

Abigail Skaines has been crowned Warwick Rodeo Princess for 2019.

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The title of Warwick Rodeo Princess has been claimed by 14-year-old Abigail Skaines.

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For Abigail Skaines, horse riding and rodeo are her passions so being named Warwick Rodeo Princess for 2019 is a major milestone.

The 14-year-old Assumption College student has grown up around cattle, with her parents managing North Toolburra station near Warwick, home to the Ascot Charolais and Angus stud. She has been riding since a young age.

Last year Abigail was entered in the junior cowgirl section of the competition but had to withdraw at the last minute after a fall from a horse left her badly injured.

It's made her victory this year all the sweeter.

"I've wanted to do this since I saw my cousin Tessa do it when I was very young," she said.

As part of the competition, Abigail ran two raffles, raising $2500.

Abigail Skaines was thrilled to be crowned Warwick Rodeo Princess.

Abigail Skaines was thrilled to be crowned Warwick Rodeo Princess.

A keen barrel racer, the Warwick Rodeo has played an important part in her life.

"Since we moved up here 10 years ago, we haven't missed a year," she said.

The role will see her, along with 2019 Warwick Rodeo Queen Mikyla Hogno, take centre stage at the rodeo, as well visiting schools and nursing homes.

"It will be very busy but very rewarding," Abigail said.

"You get to give back to the community."

As for whether one day Abigail might want to throw her hat in the ring for Warwick Rodeo Queen?

"Definitely," she said.

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