Showgirl takes reins

SHE lives in the saddle and loves her “paddock full of horses”, but when it comes to the 2011 Grafton Showgirl competition there is no horsing around for Madeline McDonald.

The bubbly 21-year-old from Carrs Creek is the latest candidate to nominate herself for the title.

And should she win, this is one horse lover who will certainly be riding on a high.

“I entered the Grafton Showgirl competition because I wanted to become more involved with the Grafton Show,” Madeline said.

“It's always been something I've wanted to do and I'm really looking forward to meeting the other girls who have nominated.

“It's very special to be a showgirl contestant, and I'm definitely going to enjoy my time as one.”

A proud local, Madeline

describes the Grafton Show as “a great community event”.

“I especially love its rural aspect and how it brings the people of the Clarence Valley together,” she said.

“So many people look forward to it every year.”

Madeline also boasts an impressive attendance record at the Grafton Show herself, having not missed a single show since she was 18 months old.

“At my first Grafton Show I competed in the main arena in a junior riding class and I remember it being a lot of fun,” she said.

“I have a big love of horses. I've grown up with them and I've competed in a lot of Grafton shows over the years in showjumping, riding classes, pony club classes and team events.

“This year, however, I will be focusing on my duties as a Grafton Showgirl contestant.”

Madeline said the best thing about living in the Clarence Valley was “the relaxing atmosphere and rural lifestyle”.

She works at Stephenson Marks Charted Accountants and is busy studying a Bachelor of Commerce externally at the University of New England.

“It would be such an honour to win the 2011 Grafton Showgirl title and have the chance to represent Grafton,” Madeline said.

“If I do win I will definitely spend the whole night at the

Grafton Show and celebrate with all my friends and family.”

Anyone wishing to nominate for the 2011 Grafton Showgirl competition can contact the Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Society on 6642 2240.

Nominations close April 27.



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