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Maddie Spanjers of Mundaring has been selected by the Australian Junior Rodeo Association to attend the Youth Rodeo Assoc Finals. Picture: GLENN STAMPALIA

Keen western rider off to Texas

MADDIE Spanjers of Mundaring is heading to Texas in June to represent Australia at the Youth Rodeo Association Finals.

She will be competing in barrel racing, breakaway roping, western bending plus other events such as junior ribbons and junior figure 8s.

Erin Spanjers said her daughter first started riding when she was about six-years-old and started competing in western events when she was about 10.

She said Maddie’s first lessons were with an English riding instructor who held some western days and this sparked her interest in western riding.

Now she is a regular competitor in breakaway roping, dummy roping western bending and barrel racing events run monthly by the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association’s WA Junior Rodeo Association.

This year Maddie, 14, is the only Western Australian rider selected by the newly re-formed Australian Junior Rodeo Association to attend the Youth Rodeo Association Finals in Gonzales.

Her mother said people were invited to submit expressions of interest to the association, which focuses on youth development in the sport of rodeo, and then a panel made their selection.

When she goes to Texas to compete Maddie will have a week before the finals start to get used to a lease horse.

Maddie is the Bianca Hertel Barrel Racing Scholarship holder for 2017, which as well as $1000 prizemoney includes tuition and guidance from Bianca Hertel.

She will also receive other prizes as part of the scholarship, which requires her to compete in a minimum of eight rodeos during the 2017 season.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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