Abbie joins showgirl quest
WITH the Maclean Agricultural Show approaching, Abbie McConnell is hoping to make her mark on this year’s exhibition in more ways than one.
Abbie will again be competing in the various gymkhana events and for the first time she has entered the Maclean Showgirl quest.
While her involvement in the showgirl quest initially surprised her family, she has received plenty of encouragement, and with her friends Imogen Porter, Sasha McSwan and Bec James also in the running for the title, Abbie is looking forward to having a lot of fun in the process.
“I hope to learn more about the show, and meet other people,” she said.
As well as completing her final year at Maclean High School, Abbie spends many hours each week riding and caring for the family’s horses.
The McConnell family has been breeding and raising Australian stockhorses on their large property at Mororo for many years.
Abbie rides with the Lower Clarence Pony Club on most weekends, which often involves travelling with her family across Northern NSW to compete at various events.
The 17-year-old hopes to find a career in agriculture.