US BOUND: Barrel racer Olivia Webb with her sponsor, Suzanne Brooks, will compete at the National High School Rodeo Association in Des Moines, Iowa, in June this year.
US BOUND: Barrel racer Olivia Webb with her sponsor, Suzanne Brooks, will compete at the National High School Rodeo Association in Des Moines, Iowa, in June this year.

Country girl with a passion for rodeo

What recent competitions will you be competing in this year?

At the start of June this year I will compete in first Jackson, Mississippi in the All American Barrel Race which only the first four get to compete in.

Then at the end of June I will compete in the National High School Rodeo Association in Des Moines, Iowa in the 15 to 19 aged division.

What injuries have you had while barrel racing?

I've been thrown off a bit and had lots of stitches, a broken leg and a broken arm.

What other sports do you play?

The only other sport I play is rugby union at Nash State High School.

What competitions have you competed in?

All Speed to Succeed competitions and Makin' it Mega competitions which I competed in to qualify for America; and compete through the National Rodeo Association in Gympie and will be competing there on February 14 in team roping.

I have been in pros for rodeo, competing in ribbon roping and pole bending competitions.

What training would you do to prepare the horse and yourself for a competition?

You need to be fit in order to not to get exhausted while racing and a lot of flat work which is trotting for long periods which is needed to keep the horse fit.

Younger horses would do slow work, however barrel horses would train and run the barrels.

Why did you start barrel racing and competing in rodeo?

I've pretty much been riding since I was able to walk and grew up around the rodeo atmosphere my entire life, living on a rural property in Cooran.

Both my mother and my sister do barrel racing and my brother competes in poddy calves and my father is a steer wrestler.

Do you have your own horse?

Yes, I have my own hose named Banjo and I have had him for eight years.

How did you qualify for the barrel racing competition in America?

There are four divisions which are determined through second splits, meaning each second makes up another division.

For example if I posted a time of 16 seconds than all those who also posted a time within the 16 seconds would make the division.

I won 10 points topping my division with the leading barrel racing title and the other competitors would get points depending on where they placed.

What competitions did you compete in to get to America?

In order to qualify for the competition I competed in three Makin' it Mega meets across the year with two barrel races held on those weekends.

Have you ever been to a competition like this before?

Yes, I competed in 2012 when I went over for the national high school finals for rodeo.

Now that you have reached your goal overseas, what is next?

After I finish school in the next two years I want to compete in Las Vegas for national rodeo finals in the United States to be the first Australian girl to compete in the competition.

 

Player profile

Name: Olivia Webb.

Age: Turning 15 this year.

Born: Brisbane.

Favourite food: Chicken.

Favourite TV program: I don't really watch TV.

Favourite music: Carrie Underwood.

Favourite movie: 8 Seconds and Second Chances.

Funniest moment in sport: It really wasn't that funny; I came off my horse when we went around the second barrel but not only did it hurt it was also being live streamed.