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Naomi’s in the running for Australian Rodeo Queen

Naomi’s in the running for Australian Rodeo Queen

Naomi Packer, Lyndoch is an entrant in this year’s Australian Rodeo Queen Quest and said she “couldn’t be more excited”.

The Australian Rodeo Queen Quest empowers rural women by providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to promote the sport they love in Australia and abroad.

The number of rural women who enter the quest varies each year, but each woman is aged between 17 and 34.

The 20 year old decided to enter the Australian Rodeo Queen Quest a bit later than most entrants, but believes that because she’s a driven and motivated person she’ll do just fine.

Naomi joined the competition mainly to get herself out into the rodeo scene and become recognised on the circuit.

She has always ridden and been around horses, but within the last year has felt a calling to further her competitiveness in rodeo and push herself to better her riding skills. 

Naomi explained that she has always had a passion for horses, joking that her mum Virginia Lockwood actually still rode when she was pregnant with her.

“Nothing serious just a plod around,” laughed Naomi.

“I suppose that’s where I get my horse crazy, and crazy personality from! I have always had a thing for makeup and beauty too, you will always find me trying something new or watching videos on how to do makeup.”

Naomi grew up on a cattle station in the Mid North called Carriewerloo, before moving into Port Augusta for schooling as Virginia thought it would be quite difficult looking after six children on a station (she was previously a governess of a station before she had children).

Naomi’s dad, Kendrick Packer, grew up on a farm and worked from a young age, but has since passed away from cancer, which is another reason for Naomi wanting to pursue her dream.

The Australian Rodeo Queen Quest is a proven confidence booster for young rural woman from all over Australia, with women coming from far and wide and from all different walks of life.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.