IT'S a new year - and that means there's a new pair of Rodeo Queens to be the face of the sport for 2013.
Emerald's Sara Malone was crowned the Central Rodeo Cowboys' Association Rodeo Queen at the finals event in November, while runner-up is Amie Jamieson, of Mt Larcom.
The two women have plenty in store for the new year and are looking forward to promoting the CRCA.
"We'll try the best we can to represent the association," Sara said. "We are the face of the association and the competitors. We also help out with younger generation because they're going to be the ones who carry it on into the future.
"I'm looking forward to getting other people on board to do sponsorship. We're a not-for-profit organisation so the sponsorship helps us for all our events."
It's still a learning curve for Sara, who's getting used to being in the public eye.
"I had my second TV interview the other day. It was alright beforehand but then, all of a sudden, you think 'oh, no! It's in front of me, what am I going to say?'" she said.
Amie is right behind Sara and ready to do whatever she needs to help out.
"I'm here to support Sara and take up the slack when she needs me to," Amie said.
"As much as I wanted to be Rodeo Queen, it's worked really well for me. I can focus more heavily on the competition.
"Sara's got a big job on her plate so I'm here to stick up for her. CRCA has the best rodeo, they run so smoothly and professionally so if we can continue on with what other girls have been doing, that would be a bonus."
She loved being involved in the finals despite being completely exhausted.
"It was the biggest week of my life - it took more out of me than the week before my wedding!" she said.
"My husband competed in the finals so I was trying to help him and Sara and I both competed in our horsemanship on Sunday. It was great - I can't wait to do it again."
The CRCA's first rodeo for 2013 is the Alpha 4Bs rodeo on Saturday, February 16, at the Alpha Showgrounds. See centralrodeo.com. au for information.
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