LEONGATHA’S Elley Hulls heads into her next rodeo as Australia’s leading All Around Cowgirl, having won more prize money in barrel racing and roping events than any other female in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association (APRA) Senior 2018 Season to date.
Elley’s a dairy farmer who’s always had a love of riding horses. She’s has been competing at rodeos for the past 12 years, and almost every weekend this year since the Victorian competition season opened after Christmas.
Victorian competitions ended with Lang Lang’s Easter rodeo, so Elley has now turned her attention to Queensland, where the season is just starting up and will continue through to August.
Elley will be competing in the ladies barrel race and ladies breakaway roping at the Nebo Rodeo this Saturday, travelling up to Queensland with her faithful horse Lindsay and three girlfriends, who will also be competing.
Finishing the season with a top 15 place in the APRA Standings would see Elley qualify for APRA’s national finals at Warwick in October, a challenge she would love to take on again, after competing there several times in the past.
She’s not too worried about other competitors at Nebo and says she’ll focus on doing her own thing and doing the best she can do.
“I’m feeling confident,” she said. “It’s very exciting to be at the top. I hope we can stay there.”