Miss Rodeo our hit at world's biggest rodeo
PROSERPINE'S own Miss Rodeo Australia, Emma Deicke, has just returned from the world's biggest rodeo in Wyoming, USA.
Cheyenne Frontier Days attracts rodeo fans, cowboys, cowgirls and lovers of everything western from all over the globe.
Beginning in 1897, the event has an international cult following.
The highlight of the western celebration is the world's largest outdoor rodeo, which draws top professionals who compete for more than $1 million in cash.
Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, was named after the Cheyenne Indian people who inhabited the present-day south-east of the state.
Miss Deicke fell in love with the beautiful western landscapes of Wyoming and said the reception she received was phenomenal.
"Like I have said 1000 times, it has blown every expectation I had of rodeo out of the water," she said.
Ms Diecke said each day she was introduced to the crowd as Miss Rodeo Australia and rode a "flyby" for the spectators.
"Each day I did a fly by on the horse, waving to the crowd of 50,000 plus," she said.
"The crowd lifted you out of your own body - it was surreal."
Ms Deckie said she spoke to the MC and did interviews with the Cowboy Channel and local media in which she educated the Americans on the Aussie rodeo tradition.
Then it was on the plane from Cheyenne to Denver, Denver to Los Angles and on to Townsville.
Ms Diecke was in Cloncurry visiting schools yesterday and will head west to Mt Isa before heading home to Collingvale Station.