15-year-old Cheyenne Whitwell with her favourite horse Rebel will be competing at the National Rodeo finals this weekend.
15-year-old Cheyenne Whitwell with her favourite horse Rebel will be competing at the National Rodeo finals this weekend. David Nielsen

Riding into history

COOMINYA cowgirl Cheyenne Whitwell could make rodeo history in the National Finals Rodeo at Brothers Leagues Club this Saturday.

At just 15, Cheyenne is younger than the 16-year-old competition itself, but has the open age All Round Champion cowgirl title well within her sights.

Winning the title would make her the youngest all round champion cowgirl in National Rodeo Association history, and quite possibly the youngest in Australia, said an NRA spokesman.

Cheyenne's involvement in this year's championship event follows her big win last year, when she took out the open age barrel race title against competitors nearly twice her age.

This Saturday's competition will see her compete in her favourite barrel race event, as well as in breakaway and team roping finals.

Cheyenne will ride and wrestle cattle against friend and rival Kim Clarke, the defending All Round Champion. Ms Clarke, from Toogoolawah, is currently leading the NRA breakaway roping in points and is a close second to Cheyenne in the barrel race.

However, Cheyenne is quietly confident.

"She (Kim ) is actually a good friend, I see her at a lot of rodeos, and she's a tough competitor," Cheyenne said.

"But maybe she should watch out this year," she warned.

Cheyenne will once again compete on her favourite horse Rebel, and can be seen in action at from 6pm on Saturday night.

Rodeo entry is $20 for adults, $15 for age pensioners and $5 for children, with a $50 family deal.



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