WHEN Mallory Doyle first became involved in the wild-riding world of rodeo, the stage was not exactly the type of arena she had in mind.
On Saturday night, however, the Ballarat rider will be crowned Miss Rodeo Australia at the Southern Cross Rodeo Circuit presentation evening at the Sebastopol Bowling Club.
Ms Doyle, whose preferred rodeo event is the barrel race, is having a busy week before her coronation.
Tomorrow, she will attend the Ballarat races, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at the jockey rooms.
On Friday, she will visit to Ballarat Riding for Disabled Centre at Mt Rowan to meet some of the riders before showing off her horsemanship skills to the Miss Rodeo Australia judging panel on a property in Millbrook.
The result is a mere formality, though. Ms Doyle has already seen off the other four finalists.
She will attend a barbecue lunch at Ryebucks Saddlery at Delacombe before the presentation dinner.
The ride won’t end there for the 22-year-old.
Ms Doyle will represent Australia in the Miss Rodeo World competition in December.