Coronation of Queen Kate Taylor

Coronation of Queen Kate Taylor

Miss Rodeo Australia Katy Scott, and newly crowned Curry Merry Muster Rodeo Queen Kate Taylor.

Kate Taylor was announced the 2016 Cloncurry Rodeo Queen after the street parade on Thursday night.

The charity she supported was the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Ms Taylor fund-raised $4700 for the flying doctor as one of the two queen contestants.

She received her crown and buckle in the presence of last year’s Rodeo Queen and current Miss Rodeo Australia Katy Scott at the Cloncurry Recreational Showgrounds.

The other contestant was Emma Scott, who won the charity fund-raising aspect of the competition.

Ms Scott raised $5500 for the Ronald McDonald House.

However, Ms Taylor won the horsemanship award.

Ms Taylor said shortly after the announcement that she had not yet considered if she would compete as a Miss Rodeo Australia contestant next year.

“Right now this is just surreal,” she said.

“Honestly, I just can’t believe it.

“I entered this mainly to raise money for the RFDS, which is my biggest reason for entering.

“I have lots of personal reasons. Several friends of mine, if it wasn’t for the flying doctor they would not be here.

“Reverend John Flynn (founder) was an amazing man and his vision has saved thousands of lives.”

Katy Scott said she hoped that the new Cloncurry Rodeo Queen would follow in her footsteps and enter the Miss Rodeo Australia competition next year.

“I wish her all the best for the year.

“I hope she goes on to represent Cloncurry at Miss Rodeo and keep the rodeo legacy.

“And with the township of Cloncurry, I am very proud to see them support all of our rodeo Queens.”

One of the judges, Mike Westerman, congratulated both contestants on their professionalism.

They were judged on public speaking, rodeo knowledge, and horsemanship.

“The decision was both easy and difficult.

“Whatever girl we chose to represent Cloncurry we knew would do a great job.

“It was extremely difficult because we could only select one winner,” Mr Westerman said.

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