Georgie in action.

Georgie Off To Represent NZ


Local girl Georgie Sarginson will leave for Queensland, Australia on August, 24th to represent New Zealand in the Trans Tasman Challenge for Rodeo. Georgie, a student at Darfield High School, is one of eleven high school students from throughout New Zealand that have been selected to compete in three rodeos in Australia. Because her family are heavily involved in the sport, Georgie has been attending rodeos ever since she was born and during her lifetime she has travelled from Invercargill to Whangarei for them! Georgie began barrel racing about five years ago when she started riding her mum Nicole’s roping horse.

She went on to win a national title in the 2016/17 season, riding a new horse, and was second  in New Zealand last year. A lot of time and training goes into getting ready for rodeos and competition, and dedicated Georgie rides six days a week.

The Trans Tasman Challenge consists of four events, break away roping, barrel racing, bull riding and steer riding. Georgie and two other barrel racers are drawn a different horse at each of the rodeos. They will have only just met these horses and are given fifteen minutes to get to know them before they have to run the barrels. While this can be extremely challenging it is an amazing experience for the riders participating.

This will be Georgie’s third trip to Australia, representing New Zealand, so she does have an idea of what to expect.

During the ten days away they will  travel to Rockhampton, Capella and Yepoon to compete against the Australian High School team.

Georgie admits to feeling rather excited at having this opportunity again this year and she and her team are wished the best of luck in their competition.