Barrel rider Ellie Granger.
Barrel rider Ellie Granger. Claudia Williams

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RODEO: Ellie Granger has been involved in rodeo for as long as she can remember

"My parents rode rodeo when they were younger and it has been a family thing that has kept going,” she said.

Ellie competed in her pet event, barrel racing and breakaway roping and team roping with her dad, Ty Granger, at the Goomeri New Year's Eve rodeo.

In 2017 she competed in every National Rodeo Association rodeo; more than 50 events.

Ellie has a great passion and love for the sport.

"It is all fun, the atmosphere, doing it every weekend and travelling is fun,” she said.

In 2017 she was leading the rodeo title all year and only lost the lead in the last round.

Although, she was understandably disappointed with the outcome she said it was "good fun.”

Through this experience and competing in all the events last year she has learnt a lot which she will put in place in the new season.

"It is not as easy as I thought it would be,” she said.

She has been riding on the same horse for four years and preparation for competition involves fitness for her horse.

Ellie competed in the United States in 2014 and would like to return and compete in pro rodeos.

"It is insane over there, it is so different and it's really good,” she said.

When she is not competing the 20 year-old, who lives in Kilkivan, trains horses and works in a cafe.

Ellie's dad Ty has been competing in rodeos since 1979.

His experience has been a great benefit for Ellie.

"Most of my roping has come from him and my horsemanship as well,” she said.

It is a true family affair for the Grangers with Ellie's brother Cody winning the rookie team roping in 2017.

Although, while Ty is proud of the results his kids have achieved it is the community around the sport which likes best.

"It is a big family,” he said.

"It not like a big competition where you go out to win regardless, with rodeo you are helping people and they have got a chance of beating you so there is no animosity in the competition.

"So you will help someone else do the best they can, and if they beat you so be it and if you beat them they are generally happy for you, and that is the good part about rodeo competition.”

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