NEXT, THE ZONE: Showgirl entrants Melissa Staines (left), winner Rachelle Hirst and Jasmine Sloane. Photos: Adam Hourigan
NEXT, THE ZONE: Showgirl entrants Melissa Staines (left), winner Rachelle Hirst and Jasmine Sloane. Photos: Adam Hourigan

Rachelle proves if the hat fits...

RACHELLE Hirst insists she's much more comfortable in her eventing attire, but under her brimmed hat she looks every inch a showgirl.

The 22-year-old who grew up in the Maclean area was named yesterday as 2014 Maclean Showgirl, beating out two other hopefuls for the title.

"I think I was just surprised," Miss Hirst said.

"You never know how you're going to go, and I didn't think I'd get the title, so it's a great honour."

Miss Hirst is heavily involved in the show scene, riding horses in showjumping and dressage at shows and events all over the country.

"I've ridden all my life," Miss Hirst said.

"It's something that I'm absolutely passionate about, and something I just love."

"I'd actually be competing here this year, except I competed at a big event in Wingham last week and the horses needed a rest."

Now there's no slowing down for Miss Hirst, who's looking forward to representing the Maclean Show Society at the Zone 1 showgirl titles, which will be held in Yamba in February, with an eye to competing for the Sydney Royal title.

"I really wanted to get the area well known and spread the word about our show," Miss Hirst said.

"And this role allows me to be a real ambassador for this show, and all the people that contribute to it."



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