Webb selected for rodeo finals
GYMPIE State High School student Sharni Webb crams a lot into her week.
When she is not working her way through homework, assignments and tending to her social life, she is busy competing in rodeo events organised by the National High School Rodeo Association.
The fine balancing act is paying off following Webb’s recent selection to represent Australia in Gallup, New Mexico, for the National High School Rodeo Association Finals.
Webb, 15, was notified of her selection by post following the Australian National High School Rodeo Association finals in Kingaroy over the May Day long weekend.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I was hopeful that I would get selected, but I wasn’t sure, so it was a major relief to find out I would be going.”
In Kingaroy, Webb competed in barrel racing and pole bending, notching wins in two rounds of each event together with a fourth.
“I was happy with how I performed,” she said.
Webb will compete in the same two events in America against some of the world’s finest rodeo talent. More than 15000 competitors are expected to contest the event.
It’s a daunting prospect for a teenager yet to leave Australia’s shores, but one Webb is keen to embrace.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.
“It’s a chance to gain some more experience and get better.”
Webb competed in Kingaroy to attract her selection on horse Karma, but the winning relationship won’t extend overseas. Instead, the Gympie competitor will be leasing a horse in America.
“I will be heading over there a week early to pick a horse and get comfortable,” Webb said.
The young talent said she named her horse Karma hoping for a bit of “good luck” after her last horse was tragically killed after being hit by car.
At just seven years of age in 2008, Webb has since forged a close bond with Karma.
“It’s amazing just working hard to train your horse up and to be getting the results,” Webb said.
“It’s hard work but the rewards make it all worth while.”
The competition in America is not until late June/early July but Webb is busy thinking of ways to fundraise to help take the sting out of the cost of competing.
There are plans for a raffle and approaching businesses for sponsorship.
“Any assistance I can get would be a great help,” Webb said.
Meanwhile, the rodeo competitor’s friends are envious of Webb’s impending trip.
“They all want to be packed away in my suitcase when I leave,” she said.
Anyone wishing to lend Sharni a helping hand can contact her on 0429 697 120.